Most of the information on this AMP site
was researched and written by
Roger Lee Hall
For over forty years, Roger Lee Hall has been one of the most active American music preservationists working to uncover and preserve music from the past.
He has worked in many areas of music as an ethnomusicologist, musicologist, composer, educator, film music critic, radio host, cable television host and producer, and singer.
Mr. Hall was born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey in 1942, but spent his youth in the nearby town of Bloomfield and became interested in writing songs. The 1960 Bloomfield High School yearbook has him listed as "an amateur songwriter."
After three years of military service in the U.S. Army stationed in Frankfurt, Germany, he worked at various jobs while he continued writing songs and studying piano. He received a certificate with honors from Trinity College of Music in London, England for his top score in a Music Theory exam.
In 1968, he attended Rutgers University in Newark, NJ and graduated two years later with a B.A. degree in Music Theory and Composition. It was at that time he composed his first classical compoitions, including a "Percussion Quartet" and "songs of a haiku spring." 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 (who received a Pulitzer Prize for his music in 1996).
Two years later, in 1972, he was awarded his M.A. degree
in Ethnomusicology from Binghamton University.
His thesis was on Shaker music notation. He also had several instrumental compositions performed there.
His Ph.D. studies in Musicology took place at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland,
where his specialty was Shaker music and
music from early America. He was also a teaching assistant for a well-known Cleveland disc jockey, Bill Randle, who had introduced Elvis Presley on national television in 1956. Randle invited him to teach his first class on the History of American Popular Music in 1974.
From the 1970s to 1990s, Mr. Hall was a frequent radio guest in the Boston area. In 1993, he was host of his own program, "IN THE MOOD," a nightly radio program of popular music from the 1930s to 1950s.
In 1986-88, he worked as producer and host of two cable television series: "In Concert" and "Now and Then."
Currently, he has the following titles:
- Director, American Music Recordings Archive (AMRA)
- Producer, American Music Recordings Collection (AMRC)
- Director, New England Music Archive (NEMA)
- Managing Editor, Film Music Review (FMR)
He has written and compiled over 40 books and music collections and has produced many CDs and DVDs on various music subjects, with an emphasis on music from earlier America, especially these topics, each with a sample multi-media DVD publication:
Classical composers --
Fifteen American Composers: A Survey in Sound, 1770-1920
Film composers and soundtracks --
A GUIDE TO FILM MUSIC (book, music examples, video program)
Music in New England --
"Millennial Praise" - Singing New Englanders:
From The Pilgrims to The Shakers (book, music examples, video)
Shaker folk spirituals --
A Shaker Music Miscellany (10 music collections, music examples)
American popular songs
and songwriters --
American Song History 200 (1759-1959)
For a list of his recent publications -- click here.
He talk several courses in music listening and film music at Stonehill Collage in North Easton, Massachusetts. During the 1980s and 1990s, because he felt that music should be appreciated by adults as well as children, he taught many classies in classical and popular music for the Brookline Adult and Community Education Program (BA&CEP) in Massachusetts, and his classes were equivalent to college-level music courses and were well received by those adults who enrolled.
Because he has studied in both fields of Ethnomusicology and Musicology, Mr. Hall has a broad knowledge of many kinds of music.
One of his special areas of research has been music of the Shakers, America's oldest surviving communal sect with over 10,000 tunes composed. Mr. Hall has published numerous articles, several books and CDs about this distinctive religious society. He has also presented many concerts and lectures on Shaker music.
For nearly twenty years, he has been a film music critic and has reviewed hundreds of CDs and some film music books. In 1998, he began producing an e-zine, FILM MUSIC REVIEW, which is still available online and he has been its Managing Editor since the very beginning.
His most extensive project to date is a multi-media DVD with over 200 music examples titled, Preserving Our Musical Past.
In addition, he is an ASCAP composer with over 100 compositions and arrangements to his credit.
Mr. Hall has been a prolific lecturer and has presented over 100 programs on various music topics. For a list of his music lectures and workshops -- click here.
These are a sample of CDs and DVDs, produced by Roger Lee Hall,
and most of them are available for sale at the AMP Store--
CDs and CD-Rs:
Celestial Praises - A Celebration of Shaker Spirituals
Arrangements by Roger Lee Hall and Conrad Held
(AMRC CD) - Click here
Creator God: Sacred Music by Roger Lee Hall
(PineTree Music CD) - Click here
Gentle Peace: A Sampler of Songs and Instrumentals
(PineTree Music CD) -- Click here
It's Magic: A One Hundredth Birthday Celebration of Sammy Cahn
(American Classics CD) -- Click here
CD-R: The Bill Randle Chronicles: From Electric Elvis to The Shakers
(PTM 1044) -- -- Click here
DVD-R: Fifteen American Composers - A Survey in Sound (PTM 1043)
Volume 1: 1770-1799
Volume 2: 1800-1865
Volume 3: 1866-1920
-- Click here
DVD-R: "Glory, Hallleujah" - Songs and Hymns of the Civil War Era
(PTM 1025) ---- Click here
DVD-R: "Lincoln and Liberty" - Music From Abraham Lincoln's Era
(PTM 1009) ---- Click here
DVD-R: "Millennial Praise" - Singing New Englanders:
From The Pilgrims to The Shakers (PTM 1027)
300 years of songs and choral music sung by New Englanders
-- Click here
DVD-R: "OLD STOUGHTON": Singing Meetings and Concerts (PTM 1028)
covering the years from 1762 to 1962, including from the oldest choral society in the USA, founded in 1786
-- Click here
DVD-R: "SIMPLE GIFTS": Great American Folk Song (PTM 1035)
the evolution of the best known Shaker song from 1848 to the present day, arrangements by Judy Collins, Aaron Copland, John Williams and others
-- Click here
DVD-R: "The Star-Spangled Banner" -
Early Songs of Protest and Patriotism
For the bicentennial of the American National Anthem,
this collection contains songs from before the American Revolution to the War of 1812 and a video, "Old Stoughton and
The Grand Constitution" about the U.S. Constitution and Stoughton Musical Society Constitution, both written in 1787
-- Click here
Because of his considerable accomplishments in so many areas of music, Roger Lee Hall has been listed in two highly esteemed reference volumes:
Who's Who in America
Who's Who in the World
Both of these directories are published by Marquis Who's Who®.
This is what Editor-in-Chief Fred M. Marks wrote in his August 2014 letter to Mr. Hall:
Congratulations! Based on the reference value of your outstanding achievements, Marquis Who's Who has selected your biography for inclusion in the Who's Who in the World 2015 (32nd Edition). It is a testament to your hard work and dedication to success that you have earned a place in Who's Who in the World. You should be proud of your achievements.
If you wish to inquire about Mr. Hall's compositions or
to commission a piece of music from him,
Read the Boston Globe online article
about Mr. Hall's extensive music activities,
Memoirs and Music Memories
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