The family/educational concert works of Gregory Smith have received nearly 900 performances by more than 200 orchestras, often with Smith narrating. Orchestras such as the Atlanta, Baltimore, Bonn, Boston, Cincinnati, Minnesota, and Toronto symphonies and the Rochester and Hong Kong philharmonics have embraced Mr. Smith’s unique approach to family/educational concerts. These works have also found an international audience with numerous performances in the United Kingdom, China, South Korea, Germany, Greece, Australia and New Zealand. His newest work in this genre, The Animated Orchestra, was commissioned for the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music’s 50th Anniversary and premiered in August 2012 with long-time Smith champion, Marin Alsop conducting. The successful premiere resulted in an encore presentation at the festival in 2013. The Student Composer Project, pioneered by conductor Christopher Confessore and the Brevard Symphony, culminates in new works featuring themes by local school children. Most recently the project featured The Sarasota Orchestra resulting in the new work Tamiami Sinfonietta.
Smith enjoys a long association with the Walt Disney Company and has served as Composer and Arranger for numerous productions at all of the worldwide theme parks.
His music for the nighttime spectaculars Wishes, Remember-Dreams Come True, and Magical continue to entertain and draw record crowds. He contributed original music to the World of Color nighttime spectacular at Disney California Adventure and also composed the theme for World of Color: Winter Dreams. Most recently Smith has created symphonic spectaculars for Disneyland Paris as well as Tokyo Disney Seas.
Recent broadcast credits include the creation of a new theme for CBS election/inauguration coverage and a new theme arrangement for the Encore Suspense channel. Also for CBS, he conducted and produced the re-recording of the original Star Trek theme for the show’s re-mastered 40th anniversary release. In the genre of sports music, Smith composed a new theme for The Tampa Bay Lightning NHL team. His theme music for college football on ESPN/ABC is completing its second decade of use.
As a conductor, Smith has recorded with orchestras in London, San Francisco, Nashville and Seattle as well as numerous studio orchestras in New York, Los Angeles and Prague.