• Technical Services Manager - Butler School of Music
rfsimon@austin.utexas.edu
Office Phone: 512-471-6223
Office Location: MRH 3.832

Department:

Recording Studio

Frank Simon attended The University of Texas at Austin where he studied percussion with George Frock. He is also a former student of Los Angeles percussionist Mitchell Peters. 

While at the University of Texas, he studied orchestral conducting with Clyde Roller and Cornelius Eberhardt. He also studied opera conducting with Walter Ducloux, Kelly Hale and William Reber, and choral conducting with Alaire Lowry. He was the founding conductor of the Austin Symphonic Band, and has conducted the University of Texas Symphony Orchestra, the UT Opera Theater and musical theater in the UT Theater and Dance Department. Mr. Simon has been a guest conductor of the Fifth US Army Band, Fort Sam Houston, Texas and the US Army Ground Forces Band, Fort McPherson, Georgia. 

Mr. Simon was a member of 236th Army Band and 49th Armored Division Band, Texas Army National Guard from 1973 through 1996. In 1984 he became the Commander, and Conductor, of 49th Armored Division Band, and directed the band until his retirement in 1996. The 49th Division Band toured Italy, and South Australia, while he was commander. He retired from the Texas Army National Guard in 1996 as a Chief Warrant Officer.  His awards include the US Army Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal with Silver Oak Leaf Cluster, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Silver Hourglass Device, and the State of Texas Lone Star Distinguished Service Medal.

He has been a professional sound and recording engineer since 1972. He began as a mobile recording engineer for Reelsound Recording in Manchaca, Texas, and assisted in the design of Reelsound's first mutli-track mobile recording truck. Mr. Simon was consultant and sound engineer for the Austin Symphony Orchestra from 1976 to 1984. He is currently the Technical Services Manager for Audio and Video Recording Services, in the Butler School of Music, at The University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Simon has over thirty-five years of service to The University of Texas. 

Beginning in 2013, Mr. Simon planned and directed the installation of a new recording facility for Bates Recital Hall. The new facility, completed in the summer of 2014, includes a new control room with upgraded audio recording hardware and software, advanced fiber-based audio technology and remotely controlled microphone amplifiers. Equipment added to the new control room includes hardware and software for recording, and streaming, High Definition digital video, using four remotely controlled cameras, installed in Bates Recital Hall. Overhead microphone arrays were also installed in Bates Recital Hall, with remotely controlled cable reels for positioning the microphones.

Frank Simon is an alumni member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Alpha Iota Chapter (UT Austin), a professional music fraternity for men, and is a member of the National Guard Association of Texas. He is a former voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) and is a former member of the Audio Engineering Society and the Percussive Arts Society.