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Music in New England

"New Bethlehem" - Christmas Music in New England (AMRC CD 0010)



This is one of the largest online sites with information about vocal music from New England's past.

The New England Music Archive (or NEMA) provides information online about research and recordings of music
composed and performed in New England during the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.

Since the earliest music in the United State of America was primarily vocal, that is the focus of the New England Music Archive.
Instrumental music is also included but on a more limited basis.

There are two main collections available: New England Music Series and New England Song Series. The titles are listed below.

All the items listed below were researched and written by musicologist, Roger Lee Hall, Director of the New England Music Archive and
also Director of the American Music Recordings Archive (AMRA).


New England Music Institute

Patrick Gilmore and the Boston Peace Jubilees

New England Music in Concerts

New England Composers Series

New England Composers Born Before 1900

Singing Stoughton

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The Boston Peace Jubilee Concerts
(1869, 1872, 1889)

















Both these music festivals were held in Boston. They were organized by bandleader,
Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore [shown in picture]. The 1869 festival was organized
to commemorate the end of the Civil War, and U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant attended the opening ceremonies.

At the 1872 festival, one of the special invited guests was Johann Strauss Jr.
(The Waltz King) from Vienna.

There were thousands of musicians in the orchestra and chorus who participated
in these two "monster" music festivals.

Twenty years after the first Peace Jubilee there was a third event but it was much smaller in size.

Read more about all three events at

The Boston Peace Jubilees







New England Composers Series

No. 1: William Billings

No. 2: Supply Belcher

No. 3: Edwin Arthur Jones

No. 4: George Whitefield Chadwick




New England Composers Born Before 1900

See the list of New England composers























New England Music in Concerts

"Musick in Old Boston" Concert


"A Dedication Concert"






Singing Stoughton -
America's oldest choral society




Related Information

America's First Singing Contest




New England Choral Archive




"Old Hundred"
Pilgrims, Puritans and Tunesmiths


Singing New Englanders:
From The Pilgrims to The Shakers





Preserving Our Musical Past
Deluxe DVD with over 200 music examples


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Lectures and Workshops




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