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 preservationist working in popular, folk, and classical music.
For a list of his recent publications -- click here.
Mr. Hall was born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey on November 13, 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 local cable television series: "In Concert" and "Now and Then."
After twenty years of teaching, he is now retired and has more time to continue his research and he has produced many music collections, including the Multi-media Americana Music Series (MAMS).
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, with a sample multi-media DVD publication:
American composers from 18th-20th centuries
Fifteen Earlier 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)
Vintage American popular songs
American Song History 200 (two centuries survey, music examples)
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 in Massachusetts, and his classes were equivalent to college-level music courses and were well received by those who enrolled.
Because he has studied in both the 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 communal sect.
He has taught courses on film music in college and has been a film music critic who has reviewed hundreds of CDs and many books. In 1998, he organized an e-zine, FILM MUSIC REVIEW, which is still available online and he has been Managing Editor since the very beginning.
His most extensive project to date is a multi-media DVD-R 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.
These are a sample of CDs and DVDs, produced by Roger Lee Hall,
and some of them available from PineTree Multimedia Productions.
They are available for sale at the AMP Store.
Celestial Praises - A Celebration of Shaker Spirituals
Arrangements by Roger Lee Hall and Conrad Held
(American Music Recordings Collection CD)
Creator God: Sacred Music by Roger Lee Hall
(PineTree Music CD)
Gentle Peace: A Sampler of Songs and Instrumentals
(PineTree Music CD)
It's Magic: A One Hundredth Birthday Celebration of Sammy Cahn
(American Classics CD)
Fifteen Earlier American Composers - A Survey in Sound (PTM 1043)
Volume 1: 1770-1799
Volume 2: 1800-1865
Volume 3: 1866-1920
"Glory, Hallleujah": Songs and Hymns of the Civil War Era
"Millennial Praise" - Singing New Englanders:
From The Pilgrims to The Shakers (PTM 1027)
"OLD STOUGHTON": Singing Meetings and Concerts (PTM 1028)
"SIMPLE GIFTS": Great American Folk Song (PTM 1035)
"The Star-Spangled Banner" -
Early Songs of Protest and Patriotism
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 article
about Mr. Hall's extensive music activities,
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