"Invitation to Zion"
A Shaker Music Guide
This publication is an expanded version of A GUIDE TO SHAKER MUSIC, previously published in six editions between 1996 and 2006.
It was compiled and annotated by Roger L. Hall, a Shaker music expert who has researched this music for over 40 years.
It includes the complete book, with bonus pictures of Shakers and sheet music, plus bonus features of music album and concert videos. In addition there are six music discoveries, including the first known complete Shaker song with words and music ("Father Jame's") and the last Shaker song from Canterbury, New Hampshire: "My Shaker Home."
The book is available only on this site
multi-media DVD-ROM with additional picture gallery, music album and concert videos playable on computer CD/DVD drive.
It includes the following contents:
Memorial Hymn: “A Prayer” (dedicated to Sister Mildred Barker)
List of top twelve recorded tunes
Checklist of printed Shaker hymnals
Where to find original Shaker music
Shaker music arrangements
Father James’s Song (1787) – James Whittaker
How Happy Are They (1833) – Richard McNemar
Invitation to Zion (1846)– David A. Buckingham
Gentle Words (1867) – Polly M. Rupe
Give Good Gifts (1893)– Martha J. Anderson
My Shaker Home (1959) – Lillian Phelps
Articles and Books
Recordings and DVDs
“Simple Gifts” in the 20th Century
IV. Monograph: “Come Life, Shaker Life” -
The Life and Music of Elder Issachar Bates
Audio album -- Fifteen Shaker Spirituals edited and arranged by Roger Lee Hall
Concert videos of Shaker music arrangements
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"Invitation to Zion" -
A Shaker Music Guide
by Roger Lee Hall
(PineTree Multimedia, 2017)
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Shaker Music CD Series
No. 4: " Celestial Praises" - A Celebration of Shaker Spirituals
25 premiere recordings of original Shaker tunes
and arrangements by Roger Lee Hall and Conrad Held.
This CD features soloists,
instrumentalists (piano, recorder, violins)
and The Canterbury Singers,
all under the direction of
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No. 3: "The Humble Heart" (SOLD OUT)
No. 2: "Gentle Words" - A Shaker Music Sampler
No. 1: "Blended Together" - Interviews with The Shakers
Singing by the Shakers
Early Shaker Spirituals
(Sabbathday Lake Shakers)
Let Zion Move: Music of the Shakers
(Shakers from Canterbury and
Simple Gifts: Shaker Chants and Spirituals
(Boston Camerata with the Sabbathday Lake Shakers)
DVDs with Shaker Music
"Simple Gifts": Great American Folk Song
"Give Good Gifts"
Shaker music in the 20th century
Singing New Englanders:
From The Pilgrims to The Shakers
Shaker Marches and Dances
The Enfield Shaker Singers
The Shakers and Their Music on Television
Several television programs,
including interviews with Sister R. Mildred Barker
and music and dance by the Shaker Village Work Camp singers
at Hancock Shaker Village in 1966, and a television story about
the Sabbathday Lake Shakers in 1986
with the singing of several Shaker songs
on this deluxe multi-media DVD.
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A Shaker Music Miscellany
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