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Music in New England:

Resources and Recordings


This is one of the largest online 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 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 will also be included but on a limited basis.

There are two main collections available: New England Heritage Music 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 Heritage Music (NEHM)

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 New England Heritage Music listed below.

You are encouraged to submit your work for free posting at this site and submit a short research paper (with no footnotes but with a list of sources consulted), a detailed book or CD review. If your proposal is approved by the NEMA Director you will receive a small stipend and 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.

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

NEMA proposal

In the future it is possible a conference or special concert featuring music from New England will 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 entire concert of music by New England composers, write to:

NEMA conference or concert






America's Oldest Choral Society

Singing Stoughton





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 Heritage Music (NEHM)





NEMH 01: "Yankee Doodle" - A New England Choral Sampler



NEHM 02: " Chester" - Music in Old New England, 1778-1878



NEHM 03: "Make A Joyful Noise" - The New England Harmony:
Music by Supply Belcher, William Billings, Jacob French, Oliver Holden, Jeremiah Ingalls, Daniel Read



NEHM 04: "Praise Ye The Lord" - Six New England Composers:
Music by Oliver Shaw, Lowell Mason, Dudley Buck,
Edwin A. Jones, Charles E. Ives, George W. Chadwick





NEHM 05: "Land of Our Hearts" - A New England Miscellany



NEHM 06: “Angel of Peace” – The Boston Peace Jubilees



NEHM 07: “The Happy Journey” – New England Shaker Music





New England Heritage Music (NEHM)


"NEHM 08: "Dedication" - Singing in Stoughton, 1762-1987



NEHM 09: "Millennial Praise" - Singing New Englanders: From The Pilgrims to The Shakers




To order any of the CD or DVD titles

To become a member of the New England Music Institute, order any of the ten titles listed above
and makea donation with a credit card, payable to PineTree Productions, through safe and secure PayPal.

To order any of the above titles, please make your donation, $20.00 per CD or $25.00 per DVD, or donate more if you wish,
which is much appreciated.


To receivce any of the CDs or DVDs listed above,
you can pay at "For Donations" in the AMP Store

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After you have made your donation, indicate the title you wish to receive and send your mailing address to:

My Donation CD/DVD






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


New England Choral Sampler



"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 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

Shaker Music Preservation Series

Singing Stoughton

Stoughton Music Series


See the programs about New England music at

Lectures and Workshops




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