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CMI is grounded upon primary research enlightened by interdisciplinary scholarship, disseminated through scholarly writing, authentic performances, and sound recordings made to the highest standards.
  Founded in 1999 we are now in our 19th year of promoting and encouraging the understanding of early American history through music. 

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David & Ginger Hildebrand are the public faces of THE COLONIAL MUSIC INSTITUTE (CMI), an on-line compendium of research resources, publications, and other educational materials in the fields of early American music and dance.

MV orig at Nellys harps via paint-------------important notice the Colonial Music Institute store will be moving to Mount Vernon in the very near future---stay tuned!


Washington's Quill, is the official blog of the Washington Papers, which was established in 1968 at the University of Virginia, under the joint auspices of the University and the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, to publish a comprehensive edition of George Washington’s correspondencer.  David contributed the latest posting:

Washington’s Musical Admirer: Francis Hopkinson

which looks at pieces composed and in one case dedicated to the first president  (photo to the left -- Nelly's New Harpsichord before a performance, in its permanent new home, Mount Vernon). 

KVWKCalA scholarship fund has been established in the name of Colonial Music Institute co-founder Kate Van Winkle Keller (1937-2018).  Established by an endowment from Kate's family and friends and by the Society for American Music (SAM), of which Kate was a founding member and its first Executive Director, the fund supports scholars at all levels (graduate student to senior scholar) engaged in scholarly research and writing on American music or dance, which must be appropriate to research collections at the American Antiquarian Society (AAS). to donate, scroll down to lower right to "Make a general donation to AAS," then type in amount, and in the following screen specify "Kate van Winkle Keller Fellowship Fund."  It is nearly fully funded now!