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Richard M. Smith 1938 - 2013

Richard M. Smith

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July 25, 2013
Mr.Smith was one of my favorite teachers in high school and he made choir one of my favorite classes. The quality of music he taught us was the best in the world. I remember him everytime I sing one of the old madrigals to my new son. We were lucky to have known you. Rest easy, Smitty.
July 24, 2013
Smitty made being in the choir a very cool thing to do. He made sure that choir was one big family. I still can remember many of the songs, madrigals were great. Christmas caroling at the seniors houses and winding up at the President's house for breakfast. The Europe Trip of '80 (there are just too many stories even 33 years later!) So for our friend Smitty, "just bring us some frosty cold ones!"
July 24, 2013
Such great memories singing with Mr. Smith. He made choir cool and fun. He even got some of us to wear tights in front of the whole school for Madrigals. I have such an appreciation for all kinds of music because of him. I will always remember you, Smitty.
July 24, 2013
I've had the opportunity to sing with choirs through college and after. It still amazes me when I think of the repertoire we sang in Concert Choir. We were singing motets and masses, major works (Carmina Burana!!) and madrigal pieces...all while sitting in quartets! I've talked to other directors about sitting that way, and they all scoff and say "I wish...".
I don't think I fully appreciated what Dick brought to AHS and the community.
I smile when I think of his directing style. Small hand gestures...leaning in and out...shhh with his face...
Conduct that Choir Triumphant Dick! Then have a beer and a smoke.
July 24, 2013
O Sacrum and many other songs were the common thread for each class he taught. We all learned them and were sewn into the tapestry that was Richard M. Smith. What a legacy. Smitty, you will be remembered fondly by so many. Thank you.
July 24, 2013
Mr SMITH was the coolest of cool when I was at Audubon.. He was a real hep cat..loved his music.. It's amazing to me how many times choir did Europe..he's one of those teachers we will never forget.. GOD BLESS I'll never forget you
July 24, 2013
Concert Choir, Ensemble, Madrigals, the Voyagers, All State, Carmina Burana, The Devil and Daniel Webster, Adeste Fideles, the Benediction, O Sacrum Convivium and many many others. Thank you, Dick.
July 23, 2013
I will always cherish the fond memories of concert choir with Mr. Smith. It still amazes me how he always brought out the best in us both as individuals and as a group. He has touched many lives with his passion for music and life. Thank you, dear teacher, till we meet again.
July 23, 2013
Just had the thought of how awesome it could have been if alumni came back from all over the country and we could have 500 of us circle the coffin and sing the Benediction. I always had tears in my eyes when we sang that in the Rotunda. Can't imagine I would be able to finish it this time. But it would be incredible.
July 23, 2013
Mr. Smith was more than a teacher - he was a friend. He taught us more than just music - he taught us about life. I have tears in my eyes as I'm writing this as all of the great memories of AHS choir are rushing through my mind -there's too many to list but the '75 European Tour was the highlight for me. When I think of AHS, my first thoughts always come back to the choir and Mr. Smith. "May the Lord bless you and keep you..." Rest in peace Mr. Smith.

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