Produced by the New England Music Institute (NEMI)


A Major Collection
Historic American Choral Music


Learn about two of the oldest singing traditions in the USA
on a new multimedia DVD-ROM for computer.

Both of them still exist today in New England:

--The Old Stoughton Musical Society, Stoughton, Massachusetts,

--The United Society of Shakers, Sabbathday Lake, Maine

"Give Us This Day" -
Two Historic American Choral Traditions

The DVD includes a massive digitized collection,
with over 500 files in 50 folders about music
mainly from New England,
including historical music publications,
sheet music, concert program illustrations, and more.
The material was compiled over 40 years
by Roger Lee Hall,
Director of the Center for American Music Preservation

Bonus features:

-- audio files of in-person interviews with singers, also music examples.

--a cable television program and concert highlights.


There are many premiere recordings of music on the disc,
including the title hymn from the Civil War era:
"Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread"
words and music by Stephen C. Foster, 1863

DVD Contents in 6 Main Folders:

  • Biographical information

  • Image gallery -- sheet music, concert programs and more

  • Music publications 1 - includes music examples

    - The Stoughton Musical Society (organized in 1786)
    (renamed The Old Stoughton Musical Society in 1908) -

    --E.A. Jones: His Life and Music
    --Music in Stoughton: A Brief Survey
    --Singing Stoughton
    --Ten Town Tunes: Music in Stoughton, 1770-1990
    --The Stoughton Songster

  • Music publications 2 - includes music examples

    - The United Society of Shakers (first organized community in 1787)
    [aka: The United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing]

    --"Blended Together" - Discoveries Along The Shaker Music Trail
    --"Gentle Words" - Shaker Music in the 20th Century
    --"May We Ever Be United" - Music of the North Union, Ohio Shakers
    --"Mount Zion" - A Western Shaker Music Sampler
    --"Simple Gifts" - Elder Joseph Brackett's Shaker Dance Song

  • Research information-

    Online articles about The Old Stoughton Musical Society and The Shakers

  • Videos --

    --"A Stoughton Musicfest" (cable television program)
    --"Celestial Praises - A Celebration of Shaker Spirituals" (concert highlights)

    Sample music from this DVD-ROM:

    "Stoughton" music by William Billings, 1770
    text by Isaac Watts/ edited by Roger Lee Hall (Premiere recording)
    To listen to this music -- click here (streaming only)

    "Celestial Praises" - Shaker hymn, Canterbury, New Hampshire, 1841
    edited and arranged by Roger Lee Hall (Premiere recording)
    To listen to this arrangement -- click here (streaming only)


    This hymn is also included on this CD available separately:

    Celestial Praises (AMRC 0017)



This multimedia DVD-ROM
is ideal for musicians, historians,
classroom teachers, writers, researchers,
and students.

Get your copy now while supplies last!


"Give Us This Day" -
Two Historic American Choral Music Traditions

Written and Edited by Roger Lee Hall
(PTM 1054)

To order this DVD-ROM,
playable on any computer or compatible device,
go to
American Music Research Editions No. 16 at the




Other publications
compiled and edited by Roger Lee Hall:

The New England Harmony

"Chester" -
Music in Old New England, 1778-1878

"Angel of Peace" -
The Boston Peace Jubilees

"Great God of Nations" -
Music by E.A. Jones

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

A New England Choral Sampler

"Give Good Gifts" -
Shaker Music in the 20th Century

"Song of the Old Folks" -
Father Kemp and The Old Folks Concerts

"Dedication" -
Singing in Stoughton, 1762-1992

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PineTree Multimedia (PTM) Series
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Pinetree Multimedia


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Music by Amy Marcy Cheney Beach (1867-1944)
and four other women composers
are featured on a new CD (AMRC 0040)
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