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  Roger Lee Hall



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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 60 CD and DVD collections over the past ten years.

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
Film music critic
Music Teacher
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.

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, 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

Roger Lee 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 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

Also, he has researched and edited religious folk music by the Shakers for over 40 years.

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 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 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

Read about his Shaker music productions and other related work -- click here


Lectures and Workshops

He 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.




Multi-media collections

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).

Read more about his extensive research and recordings--click here


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



Center for American Music Preservation

Click here





Roger Lee Hall is a member of ASCAP and the composer-in-residence for American Music and his compositions are available
exclusively from PineTree Music.
These 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 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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