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Simon Sargon

Simon SargonSIMON SARGON (1938 – ) was born in Mumbai, India, of Sephardic-Indian and Ashkenazic-Russian descent and was brought to the United States as an infant. He took private piano lessons with Mieczyslaw Horszowski and studied music theory at Brandeis University, from which he graduated magna cum laude. He went on to study composition at Juilliard under Vincent Persichetti and at the Aspen School of Music under Darius Milhaud.

Mr. Sargon taught at Sarah Lawrence College from 1965 through 1968 and served as the head of the voice department of the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem from 1971 through 1974. In 1974, he was appointed the director of music at Temple Emanu-El in Dallas, and in 1984 he joined the music faculty of Southern Methodist University, where he currently serves as a professor of composition.

Mr. Sargon has served as a composer-in-residence and received commissions from leading synagogues throughout the country and, as emeritus at Temple Emanu-El, continues to consult and collaborate with cantors and other temple musicians on creative projects. He is a fellow of the Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity and participated in the Center’s First International Symposium held in Jerusalem in 1996. In 2003, the American Conference of Cantors made him an honorary member in recognition of his achievements and for “his outstanding contributions to Jewish Music and Jewish Life.” In the fall of 2006, Mr. Sargon was one of 10 composers selected from throughout the country to be a panelist and present his music at the “Lost Legacy Conference” in New York, an event sponsored by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, School of Sacred Music, which explored the music of the past generation of Jewish liturgical composers.

Mr. Sargon’s works are published by Transcontinental Music Publications, Boosey & Hawkes, Southern Music and Lawson-Gould. He is listed in Baker’s Biography of Musicians (seventh edition) and the International Who’s Who in Music (11th edition). His work as both composer and pianist can be heard on the New World, Crystal, Ongaku and Gasparo labels. The Gasparo label has devoted three CDs exclusively to his compositions (Shema, Flame of the Lord and A Clear Midnight), and two of Mr. Sargon’s compositions were selected for inclusion in the Milken Archives Collection of 20th Century American Jewish Music (Shema and At Grandfather’s Knee).

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