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  Roger Lee Hall

 

 

 

 

 

 



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Biographical Highlights

 

 

For over forty years, Roger Lee Hall has been one of the most productive American music preservationists working to uncover and restore music from the past. He has produced over 50 music collections, CDs and DVDs.

Because of his extensive accomplishments in music he has been listed in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World -- click here.

Over the years he has been active and productive in many areas of music as

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. Like many students at that time, he was influenced and impressed by rock n'roll ballads, like "Most of All" (The Moonglows) and "Remember When" (The Platters), and instrumentals, like "Honky Tonk" and "Sleep Walk." So in his senior year of high school he began writing song lyrics. This town has connections to other musicians, such as: composer, Charles Ives, played the organ and directed the choir of the First Presbyterian Church in the 1890s. Hymnwriter William Batchelder Bradbury and Impressionist composer, Charles Tomlinson Griffes, are both buried in the Bloomfield Cemetery.

After several years serving in the U.S. Army stationed in Germany, where Mr. Hall wrote his first songs with words and music, he came home and began private study with a music teacher. 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 instrumental compositions performed there: Seven Variations on a Shaker Marching Tune (Op. 1b) and Tricinium (Op. 6) for flute, oboe and bassoon.

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 classical and film music at Stonehill College in North Easton, Massachusetts, and classical 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.

He also wrote several plays featuring music:

"Old Stoughton and The Grand Constitution" (1987)

"The Musical Telephone" (1988)

"William Billings Teaches A Singing School" (1990)

 

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 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)

To provide an online support site for information about music publications and recordings, he formed the Society for Earlier American Music (SEAM).

In 2015, he began a new campaign known as "Celebrate America's Musical Past (or CAMP). Read more about it -- 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.

 

These are the CDs with his music:

Celestial Praises - A Celebration of Shaker Spirituals
Arrangements by Roger Lee Hall and Conrad Held
(AMRC CD) - Click here

 

Creator God: Sacred Music
(AMRC CD) - Click here

 

Gentle Peace: A Sampler of Songs and Instrumentals
(AMRC CD) -- Click here

 

Gentle Words: A Shaker Music Sampler
(AMRC CD) -- 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


 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

Director, Society for Earlier American Music (SEAM)

This is an online interest group to help distribute information about rare earlier American music, especially vocal music. The emphasis is on the 18th to early 20th centuries. Read more --
click here

For SEAM Bulletin Board -- click here

 

 

 

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 special 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 this Shaker song on a computer disc 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Multi-media DVD-ROMs
(historical information, music albums, video programs):

 

"DEDICATION" - Singing in Stoughton, 1762-1987 (PTM 1048)

-- Click here

 

 

 

Earlier American Composers - A Survey in Sound (PTM 1043)

Volume 1: 1770-1799
Volume 2: 1800-1865
Volume 3: 1866-1920

-- 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

 

 

 

 

 

Music Masters:
Fifteen Film Composers

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
(PTM 1032)

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,

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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

 



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,

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Additional Information

 

Read about the second largest private residence in the USA,
and the military academy cadet who began his singing career there--

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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

 

 

 

 

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

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