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"DEDICATION" - Singing in Stoughton, 1762-1992
(PineTree Press)



This was originally published as a printed book and given to
the Stoughton Historical Society President, Dwight MacKerron in 2015.

Compiled and edited by musicologist and composer, Roger Lee Hall,
it has been expanded and now available exclusively on a multimedia DVD,
with more pictures, historical information, music examples and cable televsion programs.


The computer DVD includes an extensive collection of pictures
and historical material
about one of the oldest singing traditions in the USA.

On the computer DVD there are over 200 files,
with information about Stoughton, Massachusetts area composers and
the two historic musical societies in town:

The Old Stoughton Musical Society (OSMS),
organized in 1786 and now the oldest in the USA,
The Musical Society in Stoughton (MSIS, 1802-1982).


These are the folders on this new DVD:





  • Book with singing meetings and concerts covering the years 1762 to 1987
  • Concert programs and historical pictures
  • 200th Anniversary Commemorative Concert program
  • Ten Town Tunes - Music from Stoughton, 1980-1990
  • Historical pictures and music
  • Supply Belcher, composer
  • Edward and Jacob French, composers
  • Samuel Capen, composer
  • Edwin Arthur Jones, composer
  • Roger Lee Hall, musicologist and composer
  • Tunes and tunebooks
  • Video programs:
    "Centennial Tribute to E.A. Jones" (1987)
    "Old Stoughton and The Grand Constitution" (1987)


This disc includes listings of the first documented singing meetings in town in 1762
up to the Premiere in 1992 of the majestic cantata, "Song of Our Saviour" (1881),
for soloists, chorus and orchestra by E.A. Jones, conducted by Dr. Raymond Fahrner.
This premiere performance was written about in several newspapers:
Stoughton Journal, The Patriot Ledger, and
a feature article in The Boston Globe (May 4, 1992) titled,
"Giving life to a lost masterpiece" by William A. Davis.

One of the pictures on the DVD is from the first page
of the original journal of the Stoughton Musical Society showing
date of organization, November 7, 1786:


Another picture is from
the Bicentennial Concert held two hundred years later on November 7, 1986:



Also included on the computer disc:

-- 200th Anniversary Commemorative Program in 1986 with letters of congratulation
from President Ronald Reagan, Gov. Michael S. Dukaksis, and Hon. Joseph Moakley,
plus pictures of the chorus and officers and other historical information.

--Ten Town Tunes: Music From Stoughton
with sheet music and 12 music examples from music performed in Stoughton
between 1980 and 1990.

















Bonus Audio

There are music selections by these Stoughton composers:

Supply Belcher:

Edward French:

Jacob French:
DORMANT (1802)

Samuel Capen:
THE DOVE (1805)

Edwin Arthur Jones:
Highlights from SONG OF OUR SAVIOUR (1881)

Roger Lee Hall:
PEACE (1981)

Bonus Videos

(Note: These were copied from old videotapes
and the quality is lower than today's digital videos)


1. "Old Stoughton and The Grand Constitution" (1987)
Written and Directed by Roger Hall

Celebrating the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution and the Stoughton Musical Society (SMS) Constitution, both written in 1787. The SMS's Constitution is the oldest of any music organization in the USA.

The program was videotaped at the Stoughton Public Library on October 8, 1987. It includes readings from the U.S. Constitutions by students and town residents. Also, a one-act play written and directed by Roger Hall titled, "The Grand Constitution." It features two actors from The Stoughton Little Theatre playing two original members of SMS: Elijah Dunbar (SMS First President) and Samuel Capen. Also featured is a chorus from the Old Stoughton Musical Society. The songs performed include:

"The Grand Constitution (ballad, 1787)
"Beneath a weeping willow's shade" (Francis Hopkinson)
"The Federal March" (Alexander Reinagle)
"Chester" (William Billings)"
"Yankee Doodle" (1788)
"Ode to George Washington"

Here is an excerpt of the opening Preamble to this Constitution with Rules and Regulations,
first voted on October 8, 1787:

And as the powers of harmonious music are most admirably calculated to humanize the ferocious passions, to increase the various emotions of the mind, the different degrees of sensibility and all the feelings of the heart...We, therefore, esteem it our duty to study to promote that harmony which is pleasing to our Maker and so delightful to ourselves. Stimulated with these salutary and laudable motives, we, whose names are underwritten, form ourselves in a society by the name of the Stoughton Musical Society, for the implied purpose of practicing vocal music.



2. Centennial Tribute to E.A. Jones (1987)
Hosted by Roger Hall

With these guests:
Music teacher at the Stoughton Public Schools, Rosalie Tarchara; Jones School Principal, James Bryant,
Ronald Christenson, Stoughton High School Music Director; Old Stoughton Musical Society Conductor,
Earl Eyrich; singer, Paul Larivee; accompanist, Richard Hill; and Stoughton Historian, Howard Hansen.

Also, a time travel visit with E.A. Jones himself (portrayed by actor, Wayne Olem) and one of the best known choruses by E.A. Jones, "Hail, All Triumphant Lord!"


A great resource for research, local history and classroom teaching!

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Singing in Stoughton, 1762-1992
by Roger Lee Hall
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Singers from Stoughton participated in two
historic Peace Jubilees in 1869 and 1872 in Boston.
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