Well trained with several academic degrees, Roger Lee Hall has been actively seeking to preserve American music from the past and create music for the present day through his editions and compositions.
He has been involved with both research and recordings. His many tasks include:
album producer, cable television producer, composer, conductor, ethnomusicologist, musicologist, film music critic, lecturer, radio host, singer, teacher and writer.
Born in New Jersey, he spent several years living in Queens, New York and had his first musical experience singing in a glee club as a young cadet at Eastern Military Academy (E.M.A.) in the early 1950s at what was once the magnificent OHEKA Castle -- built by wealthy financier Otto H. Kahn during World War I and at that time the second largest private residence in the United States.
After attending E.M.A. for several years, Mr. Hall moved back to New Jersey and graduated Bloomfield High School. Since he had begun writing pop songs, in his high school yearbook he was listed as a songwriter.
Following his military service in the U.S. Army, he first attended Upsala College and then Rutgers University, Newark College of Arts & Sciences where he graduated in1970 with a B.A. degree in Music Theory and Composition. He composed his first classical works while at Rutgers.
Two years later, in 1972, he was awarded his M.A. degree in Ethnomusicology from the State University of New York at Binghamton (now Binghamton University). His Master's Thesis was on the music notation of the Shakers.
He did his Ph.D. studies in Musicology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, where his specialty was Shaker music and music from early America. He was also teaching assistant for the famous Cleveland disc jockey, Bill Randle, who had promoted Elvis Presley and introduced him on his national television debut in 1956. Recently, he has written about this disc jockey in a multimedia volume titled, The Bill Randle Chronicles: From Electric Elvis to The Shakers.
Mr. Hall has been a music consultant for various projects including these topics:
-the music of Tonga for the National Geographic Society LP album (1972)
-the music of Colonial America for the Paul Revere House in Boston (1981)
-the best-selling CD, "Simple Gifts - Shaker Chants and Spirituals" by The Boston Camerata (1995)
-the DVD titled, "Emerson: The Ideal in America" for The Ralph Waldo Emerson Institute (2007)
He has spent considerable time researching and recording two music traditions which are among the oldest in the United States of America:
Music of the Shakers -- from the 18th to 20th centuries, the Shakers composed over 10,000 original songs, hymns and anthems, more than any other communal society in the U.S.A. Their best known song is "Simple Gifts" (or 'Tis the gift to be simple), and Mr. Hall has written a book about it. He has presented numerous Shaker music programs at museums, schools, churches, historical societies and colleges. He has also edited and arranged Shaker spirituals for performance.
The (Old) Stoughton Musical Society -- organized on 7 November 1786, this is now the oldest choral society and has performed American music longer than any other chorus in the U.S.A. Their Constitution was written in 1787 just a few weeks after the United States Constitution. They were first called The Stoughton Musical Society and the "Old" was added to their name when then were incorporated in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1908. William Billings, America's first prominent choral composer, taught a singing school in that town and wrote a tune titled "Stoughton," which Mr. Hall edited and added a text by Isaac Watts, and it was first performed in 1986 for the Bicentennial of the Old Stoughton Musical Society. Mr. Hall was the Historian of this musical society and also Chairman of the 1986 celebration and prepared several special concerts for that anniversary. In addition, he has prepared a series of publications about music from Stoughton's past. Also, he is a Lifetime Member of the Stoughton Historical Society.
Mr. Hall is a prolific writer and editor with over 50 multi-media CDs and DVDs published by PineTree Productions.
Here are some of the titles he has prepared:
See all the titles by Mr. Hall in the series of PineTree Multimedia -- CLICK HERE
Also, Mr. Hall is an ASCAP composer with over one hundred compositions and arrangements to his credit.
For the list of his music -- CLICK HERE
These are the CDs with his music:
"Gentle Peace" - A Sampler of Songs and Instrumentals (AMRC 0024)
"Creator God" - Hymns and Spirituals (AMRC 0023)
"Celestial Praises" - A Celebration of Shaker Spirituals (AMRC 0017)
"Gentle Words" - A Shaker Music Sampler (AMRC 0016)
Roger Lee Hall holds the following positions:
Because of his prolific accomplishments in so many areas of music, Mr. Hall has been recognized for his work in these two highly respected directories:
Who's Who in America
Who's Who in the World
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