2020 Festival Guest Artist
SIMON SARGON is widely recognized as one of the leading creative spirits in
contemporary American Jewish music. His compositions encompass many genres
including orchestral works, opera, chamber music and vocal compositions for both solo and choir. A graduate of Brandeis University and the Juilliard School, Simon taught at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas for over twenty five years, where he was named a Meadows Distinguished Professor of Composition. In conjunction with his teaching, Simon served as Music Director of Temple Emanu-El in Dallas, one of the largest Reform synagogues in America, for over a quarter of a century. For three years he was the Head of the Voice and Opera Department at the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem. In addition, Simon has taught at the Juilliard School and at Sarah Lawrence College.The Dallas Symphony Orchestra has premiered several of his works, and his “Symphony No.1 – Holocaust” was received with enthusiastic critical acclaim. The Gasparo label has devoted three CDs exclusively to his compositions, and his work as both composer and pianist may also be heard on the New World, Crystal and Klavier labels. Two of his works, At Grandfather’s Knee and Shema, were chosen by the prestigious Milken Archive of Jewish Music for inclusion in its collection of albumscelebrating American Jewish composers of the 20th century.
For more information please visit www.simonsargon.com.