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Music from early New England has been neglected for far too long and deserves to be heard once again.

This section features resource information about some of the earliest vocal music written or performed in the United States of America.

It includes information in two series: New England Heritage Music (NEHM) and New England Song Series (NESS).

Included is information about the oldest choral society in the U.S., The Stoughton Musical Society founded in 1786, and the best known Shaker song, "Simple Gifts," from the oldest continuing relgious communal society in the U.S. Both were organized in the 1780s.

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


From the Preserving American Music Series (PAMS No. 3):

"Millennial Praise" - Singing New Englanders:
From The Pilgrims to The Shakers


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New England Heritage Music



1. "Land of Our Hearts" - A New England Miscellany





2. “Angel of Peace” – The Boston Peace Jubilees



3. "The Humble Heart" - Shaker Music in New England






4. "Make A Joyful Noise" - The New England Harmony:
Supply Belcher, William Billings, Jacob French, Oliver Holden, Jeremiah Ingalls,Daniel Read



5. "Praise Ye The Lord" -
Music by Dudley Buck, Edwin A. Jones, Charles E. Ives, George W. Chadwick



6. "OLD STOUGHTON" - Singing Meetings and Concerts, 1762-1962







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



New England Music in Concerts

"Musick in Old Boston" Concert


"A Dedication Concert"



New England Music on CD Recordings



New England Choral Sampler



"Celestial Praises"
Shaker music from New England




PineTree Music CDs






Related AMP Links


New England Music Archive (NEMA)

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

Shaker Music Series

Singing New Englanders: From The Pilgrims to The Shakers

Singing Stoughton

Stoughton Music Series


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