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

 

  Roger Lee Hall, A.M.P.

 

 





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Roger Lee Hall, A.M.P. (American Music Preservationist) has been one of the most productive researchers and producers working to uncover and record music from the past and help preserve it for the future.

Over the years he has been active as --

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

 

Early Years

He began writing songs while still in high school and continued as a songwriter in the early 1960s and wrote dozens of songs. Several of his early songs are on this AMRC CD:



Also, he studied piano with a private teacher and received a First Place Certificate for Music Theory from Trinity College of Music in London, England.

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 Master's Thesis was titled: "The Shaker Letteral System: A Practical Approach to Music Notation." Also, several of his instrumental compositions were performed there: "Tricinium" for clarinet, oboe and bassoon, and "Seven Variations on a Shaker Marching Tune" for piano, which has been recorded on this CD:

CELESTIAL PRAISES CD (AMRC 0017)


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 also arranged several Shaker tunes for chorus and composed a series of hymns for the church year. He was 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.

Music Teaching

During the 1980s and 1990s, 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 with those adults 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 local citizens. These are a few of the composers featured in these programs: William Billings, Dudley Buck, Stephen Foster, Edwin Arthur 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" hosted by Ron Della Chiesa on WGBH-FM, where Mr. Hall was a frequent guest talking about and playing popular music and film music.

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 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

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

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 now available on a DVD -- CLICK HERE

His publications includes these titles:

--Music in Stoughton: A Brief Survey (1984)
--200th Anniversary Concert Booklet (1986)
--The Stoughton Songster (1991)
--Ten Town Tunes: Music From Stoughton (1998)
--"Majesty" - William Billings and The Stoughton Musical Society (2000)
--"Dedication" - Singing in Stoughton, 1762-1992 (2017)

 

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.

He worked on a recording and accompanying music book 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)

From the Binghamton University Magazine, Spring 2016, page 39.

 

As mentioned in that university magazine, he has compiled and edited a multimedia disc titled,

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

 

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).

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Director of the Center for American Music Preservation (CAMP)

CLICK HERE

 

 

Director of the American Music Recordings Archive (AMRA)

CLICK HERE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Album Producer

See the complete catalogue of
AMRC CDs --

CLICK HERE

 

 

 

Director, New England Music Institute

CLICK HERE

 

American Music Resource Editions

See the list of his editions in this series

CLICK HERE


List of Publications

See the list of his books and multimedia music collections

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/Number 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)

 

 

 

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
(AMRC CD 0017) - CLICK HERE

 

Creator God: Hymns and Spirituals
(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

 


Volume 1: "You Are My Sunshine" -Memories of Bloomfield, NJ

Volume 2: "Free As The Breeze" - A Songwriter's Songs and Sorrows

 

 

"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.

 

 

Who's Who in America

 



Who's Who in the World

 

To read more about this honor -- CLICK HERE

 

 

 

 

Additional Information

 

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

click here

 

 

Follow Roger Hall on Facebook

CLICK HERE

 

See his Twitter page

CLICK HERE

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 









 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


     

     

 


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