- Dale Cockrell
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(b Chicago, Aug 21, 1931; d Bronxville, NY, July 19, 2016). American conductor and composer. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles (BA, MA 1956), where he studied composition with Leonard Stein, Lukas Foss, and Ray Moreman and conducting with Fritz Zweig. Subsequently he taught at Ithaca College and SUNY, Stony Brook, and at the Peabody Conservatory, Barnard College, and the Manhattan School of Music. He is best known for his leadership of the Gregg Smith Singers, a professional chamber choir founded in Los Angeles in 1955 and, from 1970, based in New York. To encourage the performance of 20th-century American choral works, Smith also edited the Gregg Smith Choral Series, published by G. Schirmer. As a composer he wrote mainly vocal music, including three operas, more than 25 large choral works, some 50 songs, and hundreds of short choral works and arrangements; his instrumental works include several for chamber orchestra. As of ...