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Aline Shader

Aline Shader (1936-2002) was a prolific composer of children’s songs, compiling a portfolio of over 200 titles containing her music and lyrics. Her most well-known song is Here in My House,a winter-holiday song about Christmas and Chanukah, published in 1982 by Coronet Press and sung by thousands of school children across the United States each holiday season for the last two decades.

In 1998, 17 of Mrs. Shader’s songs were recorded on a CD, Singing To Benefit Children, which she provided at cost to non-profit organizations that work for children. All profits from the organizations’ retail sales are used to fund their programs. Yo-Yo Ma said of Mrs. Shader’s music and the CD that “Aline Shader provides a wonderful opportunity for children to become involved with music.”

Mrs. Shader graduated in 1958 from Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, with a degree in dance. After graduation, she performed in cabaret and off-Broadway reviews, and in the national touring company of The Boy Friend. After her first child was born, she began teaching dance and exercise, and in the mid-1960s began teaching drama to elementary school children in Newton, MA, where she and her family had settled. Over time, realizing that children loved to sing as well as act, she began writing incidental music to the plays and eventually developed musical productions of her own based on American history, mythology, the bible, and many other themes.

Later, Mrs. Shader earned a master’s degree in education from Cambridge College in Cambridge, MA, and began accepting invitations for one-week composer-in-residence positions at elementary and middle schools throughout the Northeast. She composed Una Luna Bria (One Bright Night) while composer-in-residence in the elementary schools in Chelsea MA. She sought to compose a song that was upbeat and could be sung in both English and Spanish by her students, most of whom were bilingual. Chosen by the National Association of Music Educators (MENC) to be performed at the Music Educator’s National Conference in March 2003, Una Luna Bria was available for one year from MENC during which time it was sung by millions of children.

View Choral Music by Aline Shader