Jerry Simas


Principal Bass Clarinet, San Francisco Symphony

Jerome Simas joined the San Francisco Symphony as bass and utility clarinet in 2012. Prior to that, he was principal clarinet with the California Symphony, Oakland Symphony, Modesto Symphony, Monterey Symphony, and IRIS Orchestra. He has also performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Ballet, Sun Valley Summer Symphony, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, and the Naples (Florida) Philharmonic.

Mr. Simas is a member of the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble and performs regularly in venues throughout California including the Sierra Chamber Society, San Francisco Symphony chamber series at Davies Symphony Hall, and with symphony orchestras at Skywalker Ranch for various motion picture recording projects. He won grand prize at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, first prize at the Yellow Springs Chamber Music Competition, and first prize at the International Clarinet Association’s Young Artist Competition, and participated in the Marlboro Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, and Tanglewood Music Center. Previously a fellow at the New World Symphony, he is featured in Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Stravinsky’s Ebony Concerto on the New World Symphony’s RCA Victor Red Seal recording New World Jazz with Michael Tilson Thomas.

A dedicated music educator, Mr. Simas is professor of clarinet and chamber music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and is a coach with the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra. Previously he taught at Stanford University, UC Davis, and the University of Akron. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with Cleveland Orchestra principal clarinet Franklin Cohen.