retired and Gregg joined forces with Walter Gould, beginning a
wonderful and unique artist/manager relationship that continued to
Gould’s retirement in 2000. On Christmas Eve, Gregg Smith and
Rosalind Rees were married at Saint Peter’s Church, NYC which
later became the home base of the GSS.
died in April the family sent Gregg to Venice to “round up”
a chorus and orchestra to perform the Requiem Canticles at
the funeral service there. It was an adventure like no other but
against the most improbable odds, he succeeded. Roz joined him a
few days later and ended up singing the alto solo.
Balanchine’s New York City Ballet in a massive tribute to
Stravinsky, closing the two-week festival at the New York State
Theater with Symphony of Psalms.
GSS recorded Ives Celestial Country in March of 1972 in St. Paul's Chapel on Columbia University campus with John McClure as recording engineer.
Both the GSS New
York Concert Series and the Adirondack Festival of American Music in
Saranac Lake, NY began this year. They continue today. The Singers
also began recording with Vox, celebrating the 300th
birthday of Heinrich Schuetz with a three-record Schuetz “Vox
With the 100th
birthday years of both Schoenberg and Ives, GSS took special
programs of their music to Europe, performing concerts and radio
broadcasts in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Switzerland and
Bicentennial recording project (sponsored in part by the Ford
Foundation), “America Sings” (13 LPs in all) began with
the Vox Box “The Great Sentimental Age,” recorded in the
newly-refurbished Renwick Art Gallery in Washington DC.
GSS performed an
all American choral concert at Interlochen for the ACDA in July.
They then continued on to make their first tour of Asia (plus
Hawaii), appearing in the Philippines, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Korea.
GSS women recorded Elliott Carter's Harmony of Morning in the spring of 1976 at Brooklyn College.
GSS traveled to
Fort Worth to record their famous Christmas album, “A Festival
of Carols”, joining forces with the Texas Boys Choir and the
Dorothy Shaw Bell Choir. The project was sponsored by Mary D. and
Howard Walsh who, though non-musicians, attended all the rehearsals
and recording sessions. Re-released on CD, the album is still going
Gregg was given
the Alice M. Ditson award that honors conductors for their service
to American music, joining such luminaries as Leopold Stokowski and
Leonard Bernstein. He is the only choral director besides Robert
Shaw to have won this award.
With the help of
the Victor Herbert Foundation, GSS recorded in Saranac Lake the
first of four Herbert operetta “highlights” albums, The
Red Mill. Gregg orchestrated all four (Mlle Modiste, Naughty
Marietta, The Red Mill and Sweethearts).