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Are you interested in scheduling an informative and entertaining program for your organization or group?

Then you should look at the 12 lectures and workshops listed below.  

All of the programs listed are presented by Roger Hall - a Massachusetts music preservationist, singer, composer, and record producer.

His music lectures or workshops have received raves from the audeinces.

A few of the rave reviews of his programs:.

"Your lecture was enthusiastically received and I have heard nothing but very positive comments from registrants." -- Dr. Robert Bishop, Director, Museum of American Folk Art, New York, New York.

"Thank you very much for such a delightful and informative lecture."-- Mary Frazier,
Braintree Historical Society
, Braintree, Massachusetts.

Sample lectures and workshops presented by Roger Hall:

1976 - "Issachar Bates: Early American Fifer and Shaker Frontier Tunesmith" - National Meeting of the American Musicological Society, Washington. D.C.

1979 - "Isaac N. Youngs: The Ingenuity of a Shaker Craftsman" - Shaker Seminar, Museum of American Folk Art, New York, New York. 1980 - "Old Stoughton in Old Boston" - Musick in Old Boston Festival (for Jubilee 350 Celebration), Old West Church, Boston, Massachusetts. 1981- "The Humble Heart: A Pageant of Shaker Verse and Song" - Elmira College Shaker Seminar, Groton, Massachusetts. 1982 - "Symbols and Symmetry: Music, Art and Architecture of the Shakers" (workshop) - Heritage Series at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, Sabbathday Lake, Maine.

1983 - "Early American Music" (workshop) - Kodaly Center, Newton, Massachusetts.

1984 -"Charles T. Griffes - A Centennial Tribute" - New England Conservatory of Music, Boston.

1985 - "Simple Gifts: The Ingenuity of Shaker Craftsmanship" - Westport Historical Society, Westport, Massachusetts.

1986 - "Two Centuries of Piano Music in New England" and "Two Centuries of Choral Music in New England" - Old Stoughton Musical Society Bicentennial Exhibit, Lexington, Massachusetts.

1990 - "Singing Stoughton: The Story of America's Oldest Choral Society" - Braintree Historical Society, Braintree, Massachusetts.

1993 - "More Love: Music of the Canterbury Shakers" - Museum of Our National Heritage, Lexington, Massachusetts

2003 - "The Sidewalks of New York: Old Songs and Stories " (singing workshop) - Conkling Hall, Rensselaerville, New York

2004 - "Hooray for Hollywood: Memorable Movie Music" - Bridgewater Public Library and Newton Free Library, Massachusetts.

2005 - "It's Magic: A Centennial Celebration of Harold Arlen, Dorothy Fields, Jule Styne" - Newton Free Library, Newton Centre, Massachusetts.

2005 - "The Lore and Legends of New England Songs" - Bridgewater Public Library, Bridgewater, Massachusetts.

The lectures and workshops are available for a general audience (retired adult groups, company employees, business conventions or meetings, historical society, public library or museum lecture series); or a specific audience (church or community choir singers, music students ).

All the music materials, such as song sheets, will be provided by the presenter.  

Additional materials, such as CDs and books, will be available for sale on the day of the event.

The titles listed below have links to other pages which have additional information about the topic.

For background on Mr. Hall, go here 

[L] = Lecture (from 45 minutes to 90 minutes)

[W] = Workshop (from several hours to a full day)


1. Music of George Washington's Time [L or W] - audio clips - During the early years of America there were more songs being sung than would be expected, and a number of them were written in tribute to George Washington, as Commander-in-Chief of the Colonial Army and later as first U.S. President. The workshop deals with this era in more detail with more attention to the songs in the historical context of 18th century America. Music Collection & CD: The Stoughton Songster.

2. The Lore and Legends of New England Songs [L or W] - The lecture features stories about misunderstood songs and tales of ballads, patriotic and religious songs.  The workshop is in more detail about selective songs, and some will be sung. Book:  New England Songster .

3.  Singing Stoughton - The Story of America's Oldest Choral Society [L] - slides or video - a look at the Stoughton Musical Society from Stoughton, Massachusetts, from its roots in 1774 to its bicentennial observance in 1986.  Includes patriotic and religious music.   Book:  Music in Stoughton: A Brief Survey .  A one hour videotape, A Stoughton Musicfest, is also available.



MEDIA MEMORIES (Radio, Television, Movies)

4. Hooray for Hollywood - Memorable Movie Music [L or W] - slides or video clips - Lecture includes movie songs and themes from the 1930s to the 1970s.  Workshop includes singing popular movie songs and watching film clips for film scores.  Book: A Guide to Film Music - Songs and Scores.

5. Hoppy, Gene and Me [L or W] - audio/video clips - a look back at the career on radio, television and in the movies for
two cowboy stars: Gene Autry and Hopalong Cassidy. The lecture will show how they provided a more wholesome example for both children and adults, and highlight selected songs such as "Back in the Saddle" and "Following the Stars" and the stories behind them. The workshop involves selected songs and movie scenes from the westerns of Gene Autry and Hopalong Cassidy and how they were used in the films. CD-ROM e-book: Dream World - Songs, Poems and Stories

6. Remembering Radio [L or W] - audio clips - a nostalgic look back at music featured on various radio broadcasts from the 1920s to 1950s. The workshop features a re-creation of a typical old-time radio program.  Book:  Remembering Radio - Great Songwriters and Singers.

POPULAR SONGS (Songwriters and Singers)


7.  Beautiful Dreamer: The Life and Music of Stephen Foster [L] - the life of America's first great songwriter, featuring rare recordings of his famous songs.  CD available of hymns by Foster.

8. Electric Elvis [L or W] - audio/ video clips - so much is known about Elvis Presley in his later years, but what about his beginnings? This lecture will focus on the emergence of Elvis between 1954 and 1956. The workshop will focus on rare music and video clips, and will trace his days as a hillbilly singer to an "electric" performer, and his promotion by Bill Randle, Tommy Edwards, and his manager Col. Tom Parker.  CD-ROM e-book: Dream World - Songs, Poems and Stories.

9.  I Got Rhythm: The Genius of George Gershwin [L or W] - a tour of George Gershwin's life and music, focusing on his Broadway, Hollywood and concert works.  Workshop includes a video showing of Gershwin's life and rare recordings performed by Gershwin himself.  Book:  A Guide to George Gershwin.

SHAKER SIMPLICITY (Music, Folk Art and Dance)


10.  Let Zion Move: Music by Shaker Women Composers [L or W] - slides or video - a survey of music and poetry written by Shaker women, from their leader Mother Ann Lee in the 1780s to the Victorian era of the 1880s. Workshop includes a video about recent Shaker sisters, and a discussion of Shaker women composers and the songs and hymns written by them.  2-CD Set: Let Zion Move: Music of the Shakers.

11.  The Simple Gifts of Shaker Music [L] - slides or video - a survey of Shaker music from its beginnings in England to its development in America during the 19th and 20th centuries.  Included will be the most famous Shaker song, "Simple Gifts."  Music book and accompanying CD: Gentle Words.

12.  Symbols and Symmetry: Shaker Folk Art and Song [L or W] - slides or video - comparison of the symetrical designs in Shaker gift drawings, with the dances and songs.  Workshop includes slides and/or video with a detailed study of the relationships between Shaker drawings, dances and songs. Music collections and CDs:  Blended Together: Interviews With The Shakers.  Other CDs also available.

To discuss fees and scheduling, write to Roger Hall at:  

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