Retired Faculty
2009 - Present

Simon  Sargon 
Meadows School of the Arts  2014

Simon Sargon, Professor of Composition in Meadows School of the Arts, has a distinguished reputation as a composer, pianist and educator. He holds a B.A. from Brandeis University and a master's degree in composition from the Juilliard School. He taught at the Juilliard School and Sarah Lawrence College and, before arriving in Dallas in 1973, served for three years as chair of the Voice and Opera Department at the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem. As director of music at Temple Emanu-El in Dallas, he created a program of Jewish music that received national acclaim. A prominent voice for music in the community, he presented opera previews for the Dallas Opera and served on the Board of Directors of the Dallas Symphony. In 1983 Sargon joined the music faculty of Meadows School of the Arts as director of the Opera Theatre. With SMU colleagues, he made recordings and concertized extensively. He received the Meadows Foundation Distinguished Teaching Professor Award in 2009. Sargon retires as Professor Emeritus of Composition.