Jeremiah Ingalls

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Jeremiah Ingalls (March 1, 1764 – April 6, 1838)[1] was one of the first American composers,[2] and is considered among the First New England School.


Jeremiah Ingalls was born in Andover, Massachusetts, in 1764. When he was thirteen his father, Abijah Ingalls, died of hardships suffered during the American Revolutionary War. In 1791 Ingalls married Mary Bigelow of Westminster, Massachusetts and while living in Vermont worked variously as a farmer, cooper and choirmaster. Ingalls served as the choirmaster at the Congregational Church in Newbury, Vermont from 1791 to 1805, and the choir gained a reputation attracting many people from the surrounding area. In 1805 Ingalls published The Christian Harmony. Ingalls served as a deacon in the church, but in 1810, he was excommunicated from that congregation. In 1819 he moved to Rochester, Vermont and then Hancock, Vermont. Ingalls was described as short and corpulent with a high voice and an advanced skill at the bass viol. Many of Ingalls' family members were also known for their musical ability. Ingalls died in Hancock, Vermont, in 1838, aged 74.[3][4]

List of works[edit]


  • The Christian Harmony; or, Songster's Companion, Jeremiah Ingalls, (Exeter, NH, Henry Ranlet, 1805)
    • "Connexion" and Jeremiah Ingalls Society Bicentennial Edition, 1805-2005 of The Christian Harmony or Songster's Companion, Thomas B. Malone, ed. This four-shape version, published for the Jeremiah Ingalls Society Bicentennial Singing in Newbury, Vermont, is increasingly in use in New England singings online selections
  • Klocko, David G. 1978. Jeremiah Ingalls' The Christian Harmony, or Songster's Companion (1805). Ph.D. dissertation, University of Michigan
  • Denson


  • Harmonia Mundi
  • I Am the Rose of Sharon
  • Sweet Seraphic Fire
  • The Shapenote Album
  • Christmas Carols
  • The New England Harmony


  1. ^ Shape Note Connection of Jeremiah Ingalls
  2. ^ American Composer Timeline
  3. ^ Choral Wiki
  4. ^ Frank J. Metcalf, American Writers and Compilers of Sacred Music (READ BOOKS, 2007), pg. 121 [1]

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