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by the American music preservationist,
who has been active for over 40 years...

 

  Roger Lee Hall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





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Biographical Profile

 

 

Roger Lee Hall has been one of the most productive American music specialists 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 these areas:

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

Mr. Hall was born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey in 1942, but spent his youth in the nearby town of Bloomfield.

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 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.

Music Teaching

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.

Historical Music

Mr. Hall has spent many years researching, editing and writing about the two musical societies in Stoughton, Massachusetts. One of them, The Old Stoughton Musical Society (OSMS) is now the oldest surviving choral society in the USA, founded in 1786. As OSMS Historian, Mr. 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.

In 1985 he wrote and narrated a 30 minute documentary about the Old Stoughton Musical Society. Five years later, he produced a one hour video documentary titled, "A Stoughton Musicfest." Read about this DVD -- click here

He wrote several historical plays featuring music from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries are now available one DVD:

"The Grand Constitution" - Old Stoughton in 1787

"The Musical Telephone" - A Romantic Narrative

"Stoughton" - William Billings Teaches A Singing School

Also, Mr. Hall has researched and edited music by the Shakers for over 40 years. In 1999, he wrote the notes for a 72 page booklet which accompanied the largest recorded sessions of the Shakers singing and talking about their music titled,

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

 

Lectures and Workshops

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.

Research Projects

He has written and edited a series of multi-media publications focusing on a particular subject or period of time, with additional information, pictures, music albums and video features.

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 major projects:

American Music Resource Editions (AMRE)

Preserving American Music Series (PAMS)

Shaker Music Preservation Series (SMPS)

Stoughton Music Heritage Series (SMHS)




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

Click here

 

 

 

 

What follows are the categories of Mr. Hall's work in music...

 

AMP Composer-in-Residence


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.

 

 

AMRC CDs with his music

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 --

click here

 

 

Album Producer, American Music Recordings Collection

See the current list of recordings available on the AMRC label --

click here


 

 

 

 

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

An extensive multi-media DVD is titled:
"Millennial Praise" - Singing New Englanders:
From The Pilgrims to The Shakers

 

 

 

 

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. He wrote his first article in 1975 titled, "Shaker Hymnody: An American Communal Tradition." He has written numerous other articles, music collections, and prepared 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 -- 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."

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Music Memories

 

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

 

 

 

"Shake, Rattle and Roll" -
Electric Elvis and Bill Randle

 

 

 

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,

Click here

 

 

Additional Information

 

 

Follow Roger Hall on Facebook

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He is also on Twitter

@tunester11

 

To contact Mr. Hall for professional consultation or scheduling a lecture, workshop or other music event, write him at: pinetreemusic@aol.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 









 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


     

 


 

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