Carey Bell

Principal, William R. & Gretchen B. Kimball Chair

Carey Bell became SFS Principal Clarinet and occupant of the William R. & Gretchen B. Kimball Chair in 2007. A former member of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, 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. After graduating with degrees in performance and composition from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, he continued his clarinet training at DePaul University and was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. He joined the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 2016. 

(November 2019)

Luis Baez

Associate Principal E-flat Clarinet

Luis Baez, Associate Principal and E-flat Clarinet of the SFS, joined the Orchestra in 1990. A graduate of the Peabody Conservatory, he began his professional career as principal clarinet of the Annapolis Opera Orchestra, and he has been a member of the Florida Orchestra, Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, and New Mexico Symphony, where he served as principal clarinet for four years. He is a coach for the SFS Youth Orchestra and serves on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

(February 2019)

David Neuman

David Neuman, who has been a clarinetist with the SFS since 1986, received a bachelor’s degree from Temple University and an artist diploma from the Curtis Institute. Before joining the SFS, he served as principal clarinet of the Korean Broadcast Symphony, and as assistant principal and E-flat clarinet with the Cincinnati Symphony. He served for nearly twenty seasons as principal clarinet of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony in Idaho. A former coach for the SFS Youth Orchestra, he is owner of VuPorts, an international reseller of videoconferencing equipment.

(September 2018)

Jerome Simas

Jerome Simas joined the SFS in 2012. Previously a fellow at the New World Symphony, he has held principal clarinet positions with such ensembles as the California, Oakland East Bay, and Akron symphonies. He is a member of San Francisco’s Left Coast Chamber Ensemble. First prize winner of the International Clarinet Society Young Artist Competition and grand prize winner at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, he received degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music. He is currently a coach for the SFS Youth Orchestra. For more on Jerome Simas, visit

(November 2019)