David H. Sargent taught Composition and Music Theory at Brigham Young University from 1976-2008.
Sargent's music has been performed throughout the United States as well as internationally: Germany, France, Denmark, Switzerland, Hungary, Wales, England, Bolivia, and Canada. Some of his most prized compositions include Praise Ye Him for a capella choir (SATB) and cello, premiered by the Utah Baroque Ensemble at the International Kodály Symposium, Leicester, England; Images for brass and percussion, premiered by members of the Eastman Brass and Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Rochester, New York; Millennium II, premiered by the Wind Ensemble at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas; In Burning Vision: Sonnets on Joseph Smith, a five-movement song cycle for tenor and piano, commissioned by the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition for the BYU School of Music's celebration of the Prophet Joseph Smith's 200th birthday; and Kaleidoscope for oboe, bassoon and piano, premiered at the 2007 International Double Reed Society convention in Ithica, New York. In June 2008, several pieces were performed in Toulouse, France; Rome and Florence, Italy; and Lucerne, Switzerland, including premiere performances of a new choral work.
In 2011 Sargent collaborated with BYU's Department of Dance and composed a piece as part of the Heloise Crista Project. This project was part of the Laycock Center for Creative Collaboration in the Arts.
Dr. Sargent holds a BA in music theory (1966) and an MA in theory and composition (1968) from BYU, and master's and doctoral degrees in composition from the University of Illinois. While at Illinois, he studied composition with Professor Gordon Binkerd from 1968-1971. Sargent then taught as Visiting Professor of Composition at the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York from 1972-1975. In 1998 he was awarded the Harold R. Laycock Professorship in Composition at BYU, which he held until he retired in 2008.
- Daily Herald - Psalms have ensemble going for baroque (15 April 2010)
- BYU Magazine - Encyclopedia of Musical Alumni (28 December 2007)
- CFAC - From Frank Lloyd Wright's House to the Dance Floor (7 Nov 2011)