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

 

  Roger Lee Hall

 

 





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Personal Profile

 

 

Roger Lee Hall has been one of the most productive American music specialists working to uncover and restore music from the past and preserve it for the future.

He has compiled and produced many CD and DVD music collections. To see the list in the American Music Recordings Series -- click here.

Because of his extensive accomplishments 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 and conductor
Ethnomusicologist
Film music critic
Musicologist
Music teacher
Playwright
Radio host
Writer

He 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), studying with and assisting ethnomusicoloist, Sam Chianis. His Master's Thesis was on Shaker alphabet 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 Mr. Hall to teach his class on the History of American Popular Music in 1974.

Music Teaching

During the 1980s and '90s, he 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 by those who attended.

Cable Television

In addition to teaching, he produced and hosted two series of cable television shows: "In Concert" and "Now and Then" - featuring local musicians, actors and other local citizens. These are a few of the composers whose music was performed: William Billings, Dudley Buck, Stephen Foster, Edwin A. Jones, Randall Thompson.

Commercial Radio

For many years he was a guest on radio stations in the Boston, Massachusetts area, including the very popular program, "Music America," on WGBH-FM. In 1993, he was hired as host of his own radio program featuring popular music from the 1930s, '40s and '50s. He has written about his radio years in a publication with audio excerpts from his radio programs and titled, "In The Mood" - Remembering Radio.

Historical Music

As musicologist and ethnomusicologist, he has spent many years researching, editing and performing music from two of the oldest singing traditions in the USA:

Music in Stoughton

There were two choral societies in Stoughton, Massachusetts.

The Old Stoughton Musical Society (OSMS) is now the oldest surviving choral society in the USA, founded in 1786. As OSMS Historian, he 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. He also conducted the chorus for several years and composed music for them to perform.

The other choral society had a similar name: The Musical Society in Stoughton (MSIS) organized in 1802 and disbanded in 1982.

In 1985, he wrote and narrated a 30 minute documentary about the Old Stoughton Musical Society which was shown on local cable television.

Five years later, he produced a one hour video documentary titled, "A Stoughton Musicfest." To read about this documentary available on a DVD -- CLICK HERE

Also, he wrote several historical plays featuring music from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries and they are now available at these links:

"The Grand Constitution" - Old Stoughton in 1787

"The Musical Telephone" - A Romantic Narrative

"Stoughton" - William Billings Teaches A Singing School

To read about his Stoughton Music Heritage Series -- CLICK HERE

 

Music of the Shakers

For over forty years, Mr. Hall has researched and edited music by the United Society of Shakers, America's oldest surviving religious communal society. He has written extensively about the Shakers, including his booklet, Blended Together: Discoveries Along The Shaker Music Trail.

The first recording and accompanying music collection he worked on was titled,

Love is Little: A Sampling of Shaker Spirituals (Sampler Records Ltd.)

In 1999, he edited the recordings and 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)

He has also compiled and edited three extensive multi-media discs about Shaker music:

"Give Good Gifts" - Shaker Music in the 20th Century

"The Humble Heart" - A Forty Year Survey of Shaker Music

"Simple Gifts" - Great American Folk Song

To read about his Shaker Music Preservation Series -- click here

 

Lectures and Workshops

He has been a prolific lecturer and has presented over 100 programs and workshops on various music topics.

For a list of his music lecture and workshop topics -- click here.

 

 

Multimedia Collection

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 (POMP).

 

 

 

 

Director of the American Music Recordings Archive (AMRA)

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Director, New England Music Archive (NEMA)

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Album Producer

See the complete catalogue of
AMRC CDs he has produced--

CLICK HERE

 

 

American Music Resource Editions

 

See the list of his editions in this series

CLICK HERE

 

 

 

Director of the Center for American Music Preservation (CAMP)

CLICK HERE

List of sample research articles:


"Shaker Hymnody: An American Communal tradition" in Journal of Church Music, Volume 17/ Number 8 (October, 1975). Reprinted in
The Hymn, Volume 27/Noumber 1
(January 1976)

"A Shaker Christmas Song" in Journal of the Shaker Historical Society, Volume 12/ Number 6 (December 1976)

"An Interview with Sir Michael Tippett" in
Journal of Church Music, Volume 20/ Number 4 (April 1978)

"Singing Stoughton" in Journal of Church Music, Volume 22/Number 1 (January 1980)

"Simple Gifts: Shaker simplicity in song" in
The Shaker Messenger, Volume 2/ Number 2 (Winter 1980)

"An Interview with Aaron Copland" in Journal of Church Music, Volume 24/ Number 2 (February 1982)

"For The Record" in The Shaker Messenger:

No. 1: "Lord of the Dance" and "Simple Gifts"
Volume 10/No. 1 (Fall, 1987)

No. 2: "Run, Shaker Life" and
"Come Life, Shaker Life"
Volume 10/ Number 3 (Spring 1988)

No. 3: "The President's March" and
"Rights of Conscience"
Volume 11, Number 4 (Summer 1989)

No. 4: "Animation" and
"While We're Marching"
Volume 14/ Number 3 (1992)

"An Early American Auld Lang Syne"
( We're History - online site)(2016)

 

For the list of his books and music collections --
CLICK HERE

 

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.

Here are 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

 

Music Lectures and Workshops

See the list of available music topics

CLICK HERE

 

 

 

 

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 his high honor being named to

Who's Who in the World -- CLICK HERE

 

 

 

 

Additional Information

 

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

click here

 

 

Follow Roger Hall on Facebook

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See his Twitter page

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To contact Roger Lee Hall for professional consultation or scheduling a lecture, workshop,or a music commission -- CLICK HERE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 









 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


     

     

 


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