Jerome Simas, who joined the SFS in 2012, was a fellow at the New World Symphony and has held principal clarinet positions with such ensembles as the California Symphony, Oakland East Bay Symphony, and Akron Symphony. He is a member of San Francisco’s Left Coast Chamber Ensemble. He received degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and studied and performed chamber music at Marlboro. First prize winner of the International Clarinet Society Young Artist Competition and grand prize winner at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, he has taught at UC Davis, Stanford, the San Francisco Conservatory, and the University of Oregon. He is currently a coach for the SFS Youth Orchestra.