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"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 on a 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)


I. Resources


List of top twelve recorded tunes

Shaker Tunesmiths

Tune Comparisons

Visitor descriptions

Checklist of printed Shaker hymnals

Where to find original Shaker music

Shaker music arrangements

II. Discoveries

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

III. Reference

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

Bonus features:

Audio album -- Fifteen Shaker Spirituals edited and arranged by Roger Lee Hall

Concert videos of Shaker music arrangements


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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 Kathryn Southworth

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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
Sabbathday Lake)


Simple Gifts: Shaker Chants and Spirituals

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






"Millennial Praise"
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
are included on this deluxe multi-media DVD.
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A Shaker Music Miscellany







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