Simon Plum is a performer and teacher in the Twin Cities area and has been the bass clarinetist with the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra since 2021. He has also performed with the Wayzata Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Symphonic Winds, the Northern Lights Music Festival, the Edvard Grieg Society, he was a featured soloist with the St. Olaf Orchestra, and will be the featured soloist with the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra in the fall of 2023.
As a performer, Simon believes in designing programs that both showcase well established classical works and pieces by underrepresented or lesser known composers to cultivate a larger spectrum of musical understanding and story-telling between the old and the new. As a private teacher, Simon works with students of all ages to cultivate a sense of musicality, personality, responsibility, and artistry. He maintains an active private studio as well as one through the St. Paul Conservatory of Music.
Simon holds a Bachelors of Music in Clarinet Performance from St. Olaf College, a Masters of Music in Clarinet Performance from Indiana University, and a Performers Diploma also from Indiana University. While studying at both schools, he enjoyed touring domestically in the United States, internationally in New Zealand and Australia, and recording sound tracks for various movie and stage projects.