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Roger Lee Hall
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Roger Lee Hall has been one of the most productive American music speialists working to uncover and restore classical, folk and popular music from the past and preserve it for the future.
He has produced over 50 publications, including CDs and DVDs.
Because of his extensive accomplishments in music he has been listed in both Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World -- click here.
Over the years he has been active in many areas as:
Cable television producer and host
Film music critic
Radio producer and host
Mr. Hall was born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey in 1942, but spent his youth in the nearby town of Bloomfield. Like many students at that time, he was influenced and impressed by rock n'roll songs including instrumentals. In his senior year at Bloomfield High School he wrote lyrics to the hit insturmental, "Sleep Walk."
Mr. Hall served in the U.S. Army stationed in Germany, where his first songs and a few demo tapes were made with a trio known as "The Potpourris."
He came home and his first songs were recorded at a Bloomfield recording studio. Several of his early songs, "The Soho Serenade" and "Free As The Breeze" are included on a CD, Gentle Peace.
Later, he did private piano study with Ben Hey Hissem. At that time 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 - 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 original 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 thesis was on Shaker music notation. He also had several of his instrumental compositions performed there.
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 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 Hall to teach his class on the History of American Popular Music in 1974.
During the 1980s and '90s, 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 and well received by those who attended.
In 1985 he wrote and narrated a 30 minute documentary about the oldest choral society in America located in Stoughton, Massachusetts.
Five years later, he produced a one hour documentary titled, "A Stoughton Musicfest," and to read more about it -- click here
He also wrote several plays featuring music now on DVD:
Because he has studied in both fields of Ethnomusicology and Musicology, he has a broad knowledge of many kinds of American music.
Mr. Hall has been a prolific lecturer and has presented over 150 programs and workshops on various music topics. For a sample list of his music lectures and workshops -- click here.
His most extensive project to date is a multi-media DVD including information about American classical, folk and popular music and with over 200 music examples titled, Preserving Our Musical Past.
These are his other extensive projects:
Preserving American Music Series (PAMS)
Shaker Music Preservation Series (SMPS)
Stoughton Music Heritage Series (SMHS)
What follows are the categories of Mr. Hall's work in music...
Roger Lee Hall is a member of ASCAP and the composer-in-residence for American Music Preservation.com and his compositions are available exclusively from PineTree Music.
These are four CDs with his music compositions and arrangements:
Celestial Praises - A Celebration of Shaker Spirituals
Arrangements by Roger Lee Hall and Conrad Held
(AMRC CD 0017) - Click here
Creator God: Sacred Music
(AMRC CD 0023) - Click here
Gentle Peace: A Sampler of Songs and Instrumentals
(AMRC CD 0024) -- Click here
Gentle Words: A Shaker Music Sampler
(AMRC CD 0016) -- Click here
Director, American Music Recordings Archive (AMRA)
In charge of the extensive holdings of CDs, DVDs, music collections, audio tapes and other materials in this private archive --
Album Producer, American Music Recordings Collection
See the current list of recordings available on the AMRC label --
In July 2016, he became Director of a new Online place with information for those studying or performing American music at the --
Center for American Music Preservation (or CAMP)
To read more about it -- click here
Director, New England Music Archive
He has compiled and edited various collections about music from earlier New England from the 18th and 19th centuries in the New England Music Archive (or NEMA).
One focus has been on the oldest choral society in the U.S.A, founded in 1786, and he has written extensively about this organization, his latest work titled: "Dedication: - Singing in Stoughton, 1762-1987
Managing Editor, Film Music Review
In 1998, he began an e-zine, FILM MUSIC REVIEW, which is still available Online and he has been its Managing Editor since the very beginning. He has written reviews or tributes for over 500 films. Also, he is a member of the International Film Music Critics Association. Every year he chooses what he considers the best film music releases for his Sammy Film Music Awards, named after lyricist, Sammy Cahn, who was Oscar nominated more times than any other songwriter.
Shaker Music Scholar
One of his most detailed areas of research has been music of the Shakers, America's oldest surviving communal sect with over 10,000 tunes composed. Hall wrote his first article in 1975 titled, "Shaker Hymnody: An American Communal Tradition." He has written numerous other articles, music collections, and CDs about this distinctive religious society. He has also presented many concerts and lectures on Shaker music. In addition he is an authority on the best known Shaker song, "Simple Gifts" (or 'Tis the gift to be simple).
To read about his book about that Shaker song
with music and video clips -- click here
Radio Producer and Program Host
During the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, Roger Hall was a frequent guest on WGBH radio in Boston, with programs devoted to film music and vintage popular songs. Every year, on the "Music America" program hosted by Ron Della Chiesa, Hall presented music segments, especially about film music. He also produced a "Great American Songs" series for a radio station in Brockton, Massachusetts. Later he was hired to host a nightly program titled, "IN THE MOOD," playing popular music from the 1930s to 1950s. On his first show he played Big Band favorites and did a memorial tribute to Elvis Presley. Also there were special theme shows, such as "A Night At The Movies" and "Songs from World War II."
To see the sample CDs from "IN THE MOOD"
and his other radio programs -- click here
Cable Television Producer and Host
Between 1986 and 1988, he worked as producer and host of two cable television series: "In Concert" and "Now and Then" both featuring local musicians. Also, he wrote, produced, and arranged the music for
a half-hour video of his one act play: "The Musical Telephone."
The following titles are sample publications
produced by Roger Lee Hall:
CD-ROMs (information, pictures, music albums):
"Glory, Hallleujah" - Songs and Hymns of the Civil War Era
(PTM 1025) ---- Click here
A Guide To George Gershwin
(PTM 1011) -- -- Click here
The Bill Randle Chronicles: From Electric Elvis to The Shakers
(PTM 1044) -- -- Click here
(historical information, music albums, video programs):
Earlier American Composers - A Survey in Sound (PTM 1043)
Volume 1: 1770-1799
Volume 2: 1800-1865
Volume 3: 1866-1920
-- Click here
"Following the Stars" -
Music & Memories of Hopalong Cassidy (PTM 1014)
A Guide to Film Music: Songs and Scores (PTM 1012)
-- Click here
"Lincoln and Liberty" - Music From Abraham Lincoln's Era
(PTM 1009) ---- Click here
"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
"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
"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
See the complete list of his music publications,
Memoir in Two Volumes
Vol. 1: "You Are My Sunshine"
Memories of Bloomfield, NJ
Vol. 2: "Free As The Breeze"
A Songwriter's Songs and Sorrows
"Dream World" -
Songs, Poems and Stories
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
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. He received this notice from Marquis Who's Who®, the best known directories for distinguished work:
"Your outstanding record of achievement has earned you the coveted distinction of being included in an impressive 15 editions of Who's Who in America®."
Who's Who in America, 70th edition
Who's Who in the World
Read more about Mr. Hall receiving the high honor of
being named to Who's Who in the World,
Read the Boston Globe online article
about Mr. Hall's extensive music activities,
Follow Roger Hall on Facebook
He is also on Twitter
To contact Mr. Hall for professional consultation or scheduling a lecture, workshop or other music event, write him at: email@example.com
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