Shepard, Thomas Griffin
American conductor and teacher, who was for many years identified with the musical life of Yale University and that of New Haven, Conn. He was born at Madison, Conn., and was a pupil of G. W. and J. P. Morgan. He was organist at Christ Church, New Haven, for three years and occupied the same position at other churches in that town. In 1873 he assumed the musical directorship of the Yale Glee Club, and for several years was conductor of the New Haven Oratorio Society, a chorus of about six hundred voices, which gave many standard works. Shepard is also director of the Apollo Club of male voices and teaches theory of music, organ and voice. He has written Cuisine and Cupid, a comic opera; a cantata, The Word Made Flesh; numerous anthems; offertories and sacred songs.