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New England Music Archive (NEMA):

Resources and Recordings


This is one of the largest online sites with information about vocal music from New England's past.

The New England Music Archive (or NEMA) provides information online about research and recordings of music
composed and performed in New England during the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.

Since the earliest music in the United State of America was primarily vocal, that is the focus of the New England Music Archive.
Instrumental music is also included but on a more limited basis.

There are two main collections available: New England Music Series and New England Song Series. The titles are listed below.

All the items listed below were researched and written by musicologist, Roger Lee Hall, Director of the New England Music Archive.

Read more at these links:

America's Oldest Choral Society

Patrick Gilmore and the Boston Peace Jubilees

New England Composers Born Before 1900

New England Music Series (NEMS)

New England Song Series (NESS)

New England Music in Concerts

New England Music on CDs

Shaker Music Preservation Series

Additional Information

Related Links


Attention - Musicians and Researchers, Teachers and Students.

If you are collecting research on New England music or history for publication or a recording, it is recommended that you purchase at least one of the CDs, CD-ROMs or DVDs from the items listed below.

You are encouraged to submit your work for free posting of a short research paper or a review -- with no footnotes but with a list of sources consulted.

If your proposal is approved by the NEMA Director your item will be available online for up to one year from the date it is posted and announcements will be made on appropriate online sites. With your paper or review please include a short biographical description of your past work. A small stipend will be paid for those research papers that are accepted.

Send your request for work you would like to be considered for publication here to:

NEMA proposal

In the future a conference or special concert featuring music from New England may be sponsored by NEMA and presented at a convenient location. If you are interested in assisting with the planning of a conference or are a performer who can present a concert focusing on music by New England composers, write to:

NEMA conference or concert






America's Oldest Choral Society


Learn more about America's oldest choral society,
founded in 1786

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Great National Peace Jubilee (1869)


World's International Peace Jubilee (1872)








Both these music festivals were held in Boston. They were organized by bandleader,
Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore [shown at left]. The 1869 festival was organized
to commemorate the end of the Civil War, and
U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant attended the opening ceremonies.

At the 1872 festival, one of the special invited guests was Johann Strauss Jr.
(The Waltz King) from Vienna.

There were thousands of musicians in the orchestra and chorus who participated
in these two "monster" music festivals.


The Boston Peace Jubilees







Composers Born in New England Before 1900


See the list of composers

Click here





New England Music Series
(CDs, CD-ROMS, and DVD-ROMs)

Click here







New England Song Series

No. 1: "Battle Hymn of the Republic" and "John Brown"



No. 2: "GOIN' HOME" - From Bohemia to Boston


No. 3: "One Horse Open Sleigh" -
The Story of "Jingle Bells"












No. 4: "Simple Gifts":
Elder Joseph Brackett's Shaker Song


No. 5: "Father and I Went Down to Camp" -
The Boston Yankee Doodle Ballad


No. 6: "Song of the Old Folks"
Father Kemp and Auld Lang Syne





Shaker Music Preservation Series

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CD: "Gentle Words"
A Shaker Music Sampler





New England Music in Concerts

"Musick in Old Boston" Concert


"A Dedication Concert"





New England Music on CDs


"Yankee Doodle" - A New England Song Teasury



"Celestial Praises"
Shaker music from New England



"Creator God"







Additional Information



American Music Timeline




America's First Singing Contest




Preserving Our Musical Past
Deluxe DVD with over 200 music examples


Related AMP links




New England Composer Series No. 1: William Billings

New England Composer Series No. 2: Supply Belcher

New England Composer Series No. 3: Edwin A. Jones

New England Composer Series No. 4: George W. Chadwick

New England Choral Sampler

Singing New Englanders: From The Pilgrims to The Shakers

Shaker Music Preservation Series

Stoughton Music Heritage Series


See the programs about New England music at

Lectures and Workshops




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