David Stanley Smith (1877-1949)
Where: Yelping Hill
Smith was born in Toledo, Ohio, and studied at Yale. While at Yale, Smith was appointed organist at the Center Church in New Haven. After graduating, he traveled through Europe. Before returning to the United States in 1902, he studied with Ludwig Thuille in Germany and Vincent d’Indy in France
Upon returning to the United States, Smith took a position teaching music theory at Yale and was appointed the Dean of the Yale School of Music. Smith also served as conductor of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra until 1946.
Smith was among the families that founded Yelping Hill and summered there from 1922 for the remainder of his life.
Smith composed in many forms, including rhapsodies, an opera, chamber music, anthems, symphonies, choral music, orchestral music, concertos, and songs. He retired from Yale in 1946. Smith died in New Haven in 1949.
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