Most of the information on this site
was researched and written
by the prolific American Music Preservationist,
who has been active for over 40 years...

 

  Roger Lee Hall

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Personal Profile

 

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Roger Lee Hall, A.M.P. (American Music Preservationist) has been one of the most productive researchers and producers working to uncover music from the past and help preserve it for the future.

Over the past few decades he has written or edited over 100 publications, including:

Books and booklets = 20
CDs = 44
CD-ROMs and DVD-ROMs = 56

His main areas of research have been:

American Composers
Music in Earlier New England
Music of the Shakers
Music from Films
Popular Songwriters

Since the 1970s he has been active as:

Album producer
Cable television producer and host
Composer and conductor
Ethnomusicologist
Film music critic
Musicologist
Music teacher
Playwright
Radio host
Research Writer

 

Early Years

He began writing songs while still in high school and continued as a songwriter in the early 1960s and wrote dozens of songs. Several of his early songs are on this
AMRC CD:



He studied piano with a private teacher and received a First Place Certificate for Music Theory from Trinity College of Music in London, England.

College Studies

In 1968, he attended Rutgers University - Newark College of Arts & Sciences in Newark, NJ and composed his first classical compositions: Piano Variations on an original theme (Op. 1a), Percussion Quartet (Op. 2) and six haiku songs (Op. 3) - based on his own poems. He studied conducting and music history with the distinguished musicologist, Alfred Mann; piano with Chester Fanning Smith; and composition with Robert Nagel and George Walker (the first Afro-American to receive a Pulitzer Prize for his music in 1996). Mr. Hall graduated in 1970 with a B.A. degree in Music Theory and Composition.

 

Two years later, in 1972, he was awarded his M.A. degree in Ethnomusicology from the State University of New York at Binghamton (now Binghamton University). His Master's Thesis was titled: "The Shaker Letteral System: A Practical Approach to Music Notation." Also, several of his instrumental compositions were performed there: "Tricinium" for clarinet, oboe and bassoon, and "Seven Variations on a Shaker Marching Tune" for piano, which has been recorded on these three CDs:

 

 

 



His Ph.D. studies in Musicology took place at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, where his specialty was Shaker music and music from early America. He arranged several Shaker tunes for chorus in 1974 for a major conference celebrating the bicentennial of the Shakers arrival in America, held at the Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland. His research involved the music of the North Union Shakers, a community that existed in the 19th century in what is today Shaker Heights, Ohio. His research has now been published on this multi-media computer disc:

Music Teaching

Also while at Case Western Reserve University, Mr. Hall taught his first music class. He was then teaching assistant for the well-known Cleveland disc jockey, Bill Randle, who had introduced Elvis Presley on national television in 1956. Randle invited Mr. Hall to teach his class on the History of American Popular Music.

During the 1980s and 1990s, Mr. Hall taught courses in music listening and film music at Stonehill College in North Easton, Massachusetts; and classical music, film music and popular music for the Brookline Adult and Community Education Program (BA&CEP) in Massachusetts, where his classes were equivalent to college-level music courses and were very popular with those adults who attended.

Cable Television

In addition to teaching, he produced and hosted two series of cable television shows: "In Concert" and "Now and Then" - featuring local musicians, actors and local citizens. These are a few of the composers featured in these programs:
William Billings, Dudley Buck, Stephen Foster, Edwin Arthur Jones,
Randall Thompson.

Commercial Radio

For many years he was a guest on radio stations in the Boston, Massachusetts area, including the popular program, "Music America" hosted by Ron Della Chiesa on WGBH-FM, where Mr. Hall was a frequent guest talking about popular music and film music, including his annual Sammy Film Music Awards.

In 1993, he was hired to host his own radio program, featuring popular music from the 1930s, '40s and '50s. He has written about his radio years in a publication with audio excerpts and titled: "In The Mood" - Remembering Radio

Historical Music

As musicologist and ethnomusicologist, he has spent many years researching, editing and performing music from two of the oldest singing traditions in the USA:

Music in Stoughton

The Old Stoughton Musical Society (OSMS) is now the oldest surviving choral society in the USA, founded in 1786. As OSMS Historian, Roger Hall organized two music festivals: "Musick in Old New England" (1978) and "Musick in Old Boston" (1980), featuring music scholars and with concerts by local musicians. He has interviewed some of the singers for a cable television series, and he conducted the chorus for several years. Also, he composed music for them to perform.

In 1985, he wrote and narrated a 30 minute documentary about the Old Stoughton Musical Society which was shown on local cable television.

Five years later, he produced a one hour video documentary titled, "A Stoughton Musicfest." To read about this documentary now available on a DVD-- click here

His publications includes these titles:

--Music in Stoughton: A Brief Survey (1984)
--200th Anniversary Concert Program (1986)
--The Stoughton Songster (1991)
--Ten Town Tunes: Music From Stoughton (1998)
--"Majesty" - William Billings and The Stoughton Musical Society (2000)
--"Dedication" - Singing in Stoughton, 1762-1992 (2017)

 

Also, he wrote several historical plays featuring music from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries and they are now available at these links:

"The Grand Constitution" - Old Stoughton in 1787

"The Musical Telephone" - A Romantic Narrative

"Stoughton" - William Billings Teaches A Singing School

To read about his Stoughton Music Heritage Series -- click here

 

Music of the Shakers

For over forty years, Mr. Hall has researched and edited music by the United Society of Shakers, America's oldest surviving religious communal society. He has also interviewed Shaker singers about their music.

His publications includes these titles:

-- A Western Shaker Music Sampler (1976)
--"The Happy Journey": Thirty-Five Shaker Spirituals(1982)
--"Come Life, Shaker Life": The Life and Music of Elder Issachar Bates (2004)
-- "Gentle Words" (2009)
-- "Blended Together": Discoveries Along The Shaker Music Trail (2011)
--"Simple Gifts": Great American Folk Song (2014)

 

 

Also, he has been consultant and performer on two recordings
for Sampler Records with accompanying music books:

 

 

 

 

 

Joy of Angels: Shaker Spirituals for Christmas and The New Year

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love is Little: A Sampling of Shaker Spirituals

 

In 1999, as a trained ethnomusicologist, he edited the recordings and wrote the notes for a 72 page booklet which accompanied the largest recorded sessions of the Shakers singing and speaking about their music,

Let Zion Move: Music of the Shakers (Rounder Records, 2 CD set)

 

 

 

 

From the Binghamton University Magazine, Spring 2016, page 39.

As mentioned in that university magazine, he has compiled and edited a multimedia disc titled, "Give Good Gifts" - Shaker Music in the 20th Century

 

To read about his Shaker Music Preservation Series -- click here

Lectures and Workshops

He has been a prolific lecturer and has presented over 100 programs and workshops on various music topics.

For a list of his music lecture and workshop topics -- click here

 

 

Multimedia Collections

His most extensive project to date is a multi-media DVD including information about American classical, folk and popular music with over 200 music examples titled, Preserving Our Musical Past (POMP).

See the complete list of his me (multimedia edition) collections
at PineTree Multimedia -- click here

Because of his considerable accomplishments, Roger Hall has been listed in both
Who's Who in America
and Who's Who in the World -- click here.

 

 

 

 

 

Composer-in-Residence

Roger Lee Hall is a member of ASCAP and the composer-in-residence
for this website. He has also been a choral conductor.
His compositions are available exclusively from PineTree Music.

Here is his latest CD with his music from over 50 years:

"Search Thou My Heart" - A Musical Life, 1961-2011

 

 

 

Director of the American Music Recordings Archive (AMRA)

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Director of the Center for American Music Preservation (CAMP)

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Album Producer

See the complete catalogue of
AMRC CDs --

click here

 

 


PTM Multimedia Publications

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Founder and Managing Editor, Film Music Review

 

 

 

 

Managing Director, Sammy Film Music Awards,
named in honor of movie lyricist, Sammy Cahn

 

 

New England Music Institute
(formerly New England Music Archive)

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Research Writer for the American Music Resource Editions

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See the list of his books and booklets

click here

For a list of his ME (Multimedia Editions)

click here

 



List of sample research articles:


"Shaker Hymnody: An American Communal tradition" in Journal of Church Music, Volume 17/ Number 8 (October, 1975). Reprinted in The Hymn, Volume 27/Number 1
(January 1976)

"An Interview with Sir Michael Tippett" in
Journal of Church Music, Volume 20/ Number 4 (April 1978)

"Singing Stoughton" in Journal of Church Music, Volume 22/Number 1 (January 1980)

"Simple Gifts: Shaker simplicity in song" in
The Shaker Messenger, Volume 2/ Number 2 (Winter 1980)

"An Interview with Aaron Copland" in Journal of Church Music Volume 24/ Number 2 (February 1982)

"An Early American Auld Lang Syne"
( We're History - online site)(2016)

 

"For The Record" Series in The Shaker Messenger:

No. 1: "Lord of the Dance" and "Simple Gifts"
Volume 10/No. 1 (Fall, 1987)

No. 2: "Run, Shaker Life" and
"Come Life, Shaker Life"
Volume 10/ Number 3 (Spring 1988)

No. 3: "The President's March" and
"Rights of Conscience"
Volume 11, Number 4 (Summer 1989)

No. 4: "Animation" and
"While We're Marching"
Volume 14/ Number 3 (1992)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Music lectures and memories

 

See the list of his available music lectures and workshops

click here

 

Who's Who Biographical Listings

 

Because of his considerable accomplishments in so many areas of music, Roger Lee Hall has been honored by being listed in two highly esteemed reference directories.

 

 

Who's Who in America

 



Who's Who in the World

 

To read more about Mr. Hall's honor -- click here

 

 

 

Read about the second largest private residence in the USA,
the wealthy financier who built it, and the military academy cadet
who began his singing career there -- click here

 

 


Music Memories of Roger Lee Hall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additional Information

 

 

Read the Boston Globe online article
about Mr. Hall's extensive music activities,

click here

 

 

 

 

To contact Roger Lee Hall for professional consultation, scheduling a music lecture, music workshop, or a music commission -- click here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 









 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


     

     

 


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