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.