Born: Ju­ly 6, 1877, To­le­do, Ohio.

Died: De­cem­ber 17, 1949, New Ha­ven, Con­nec­ti­cut.

Buried: Ev­er­green Ce­me­te­ry, New Ha­ven, Con­nec­ti­cut.


David was the son of Will­iam Hen­ry Har­ris­on Smith and Ju­lia Welles Gris­wold.

He start­ed his stu­dies with Ho­ra­tio Park­er in 1895 at Yale Un­i­ver­si­ty, and was ap­point­ed or­gan­ist at the Cen­ter Church in New Ha­ven.

He tra­veled to Eur­ope, and stu­died un­der Lud­wig Thuille in Mu­nich and Vin­cent d’Indy in Pa­ris. He re­turned to Am­er­i­ca in 1902.

On re­turn­ing to New Ha­ven in 1903, he taught mu­sic the­o­ry at Yale, and suc­ceed­ed Parker as the dean of the School of Mu­sic, and as the con­duct­or of the New Ha­ven Sym­pho­ny Or­che­stra.

Smith retired from Yale in 1946.



Help Needed

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Smith (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?