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For over forty years, Roger Lee Hall has been one of the most productive American music preservationists working to uncover and preserve music from the past, and producing over 50 music collections, CDs and DVDs.
Because of his extensive accomplishments in music he has been honored to be listed in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World [click here].
Over the years he has been active in many areas of music as
album producer, cable television producer and host, composer, ethnomusicologist, film music critic, musicologist, radio producer and host, singer, teacher and 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 E. 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 he 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 in Newark, NJ and composed his first classical compositions: Piano Variations on an Original Oriental 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 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,
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 Prsley 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 Collage 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.
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:
Celebrate America's Musical Past (CAMP)
Preserving American Music Series (PAMS)
Shaker Music Preservation Series (SMPS)
Stoughton Music Heritage Series (SMHS)
In 1986, he began PineTree Productions which publishes music collections, CDs and multi-media DVDs.
To provide an online support site for information about 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...
Musicologist, American Music Recordings Archive (AMRA)
Director 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,
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, 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 compiled a multi-media disc titled:
"Dedication: - Singing in Stoughton, 1762-1987.
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 has published numerous articles, books and CDs about this distinctive religious society. He has also presented many concerts and lectures on Shaker music. Also, he is an authority on the best known Shaker song, "Simple Gifts" (or 'Tis the gift to be simple).
To read about his book on a multi-media computer disc
with music examples 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 "Music America" 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