Principal, William R. & Gretchen B. Kimball Chair
Carey Bell became SFS Principal Clarinet and occupant of the William R. and Gretchen B. Kimball Chair in 2007. He has held principal positions with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and the Syracuse Symphony, and served as acting principal clarinet of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, and as guest principal clarinet with the Philadelphia Orchestra. As a soloist with SFS, Mr. Bell has performed the clarinet concertos of Mozart and Nielsen, as well as Bernstein's Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs, and Debussy's Première Rapsodie. His summer engagements include performances at the Marlboro Music Festival, Music@Menlo, Oregon Bach Festival, and the Telluride Chamber Music Festival. A former member of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, he has performed with orchestras and chamber ensembles around the Bay Area and taught at Stanford University. Mr. Bell received degrees in performance and composition from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, where he studied with clarinetist Fred Ormand and composers William Bolcom, Bright Sheng, Michael Daugherty, and Evan Chambers. During his time in Michigan he participated in summer fellowships at Tanglewood and the Music Academy of the West. After graduating, he continued his clarinet training at DePaul University with Larry Combs and was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. He joined the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 2016.