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

It includes information about the oldest choral society in the U.S. and the best known Shaker song from the oldest continuing relgious communal society in the U.S. Both were organized in the 1780s.

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

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

See the CDs with New England music available in the

American Music Recordings Collection

American Vocal Music Series





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"How Beautiful Upon The Mountains":
Music by E.A. Jones (1853-1911)


"Glory, Hallelujah" -
Songs and Hymns of the Civil War Era


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





The Boston Peace Jubilees




New England Music in Concerts

"Musick in Old Boston" Festival


"A Dedication Concert"



The New England Harmony:
Six Early Composers:
William Billings, Jacob French, Daniel Read,
Jeremiah Ingalls, Oliver Holden, Timothy Swan



A New England Music Miscellany



New England Songs

"Battle Hymn of the Republic" and "John Brown"


"Father and I Went Down to Camp" -
The Boston Yankee Doodle Ballad


"Simple Gifts" -
Great American Folk Song



"Song of the Old Folks" -
A New England Auld Lang Syne




Related AMP Links

American Vocal Music Series

New England Music Archive (NEMA)

New England Composer Series No. 1: Edwin A. Jones

New England Composer Series No. 2: George W. Chadwick

Shaker Music Archive

Singing New Englanders: From The Pilgrims to The Shakers

Singing Stoughton

Society for Earlier American Music

Stoughton Music Series

The Star Spangled Banner - Early Songs of Protest and Patriotism


See the programs about New England music at

Lectures and Workshops




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