Most of the information on this AMP site
was researched and written by
Roger Lee Hall
Mr. Hall was born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey on November 13, 1942.
He 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 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 Dr. 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 compositions for piano and voice 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 well-known Cleveland disc jockey, Bill Randle, who had introduced Elvis Presley on national television in 1956. Randle invited him to teach his class in the History of American Popular Music in 1974.
For over forty years, Roger Lee Hall has been one of the most active American music specialists, working in popular, folk, and classical music.
He has been a frequent radio guest in the Boston area and he was host of "IN THE MOOD," a nightly radio program of popular music from the 1930s to 1950s.
Also he has 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)
- President, PineTree Multimedia Productions (PTMP)
He has written and compiled over 40 books and music collections and has produced many CDs and DVDs on various music subjects.
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, and his classes for adults 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, such as music of the Shakers, America's oldest surviving communal sect with over 10,000 tunes composed.
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 is Managing Editor.
His most extensive project to date has been a Deluxe multi-media DVD-ROM 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 some of CDs and DVDs, produced by Roger Lee Hall,
and available at the AMP Store:
Celestial Praises - A Celebration of Shaker Spirituals
Arrangements by Roger Lee Hall and Conrad Held
Creator God: Sacred Music by Roger Lee Hall
Gentle Peace: A Sampler of Songs and Instrumentals
It's Magic: A One Hundredth Birthday Celebration of Sammy Cahn
New England Choral Composers - A Survey in Sound
Volume I: "Make A Joyful Noise" - The New England Harmony
Volume II: "Praise Ye The Lord" - New England Music Masters
A GUIDE TO FILM MUSIC - Songs and Scores
"Glory, Hallleujah": Songs and Hymns of the Civil War Era
"Millennial Praise" - Singing New Englanders:
From The Pilgrims to The Shakers
"OLD STOUGHTON": Singing Meetings and Concerts
"SIMPLE GIFTS": Great American Folk Song
"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.
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to commission a piece of music from him,
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