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Learn more about the instruments we play and hear a sample, or read some reviews and endorsements (these features  to become available again soon).
conducts and promotes research and educational outreach in the fields of early American music & dance.  This website contains:
     free on-line databases & other resource materials for students, teachers and fellow scholars
books, DVDs and audio recordings for sale at retail
(music & dance, colonial era through 1812)
the performance schedule of David & Ginger Hildebrand, plus booking and contact information [here is brief a summary of their 34-year joint career]
CMI is grounded upon primary research enlightened by interdisciplinary scholarship,  disseminated through scholarly writing, authentic performances, and sound recordings made to the highest standards.  CMI was founded in 1999 by David & Ginger and Kate Van Winkle Keller and Robert M. Keller.

Here is David's academic c.v. click here

click here for review of ballad concert in Worcester, Mass.

Recently discovered, "A New Song" tells of a celebratory ball or "rout" at the Governor's Mansion in Annapolis. Probably written in early 1783 (and quite satirical), the song is performed at the Brice House by David & Ginger Hildebrand of the Colonial Music Institute, with narration by historian Glenn Campbell (click to watch video)

Recordings of Isaiah Thomas ballads on American Antiquarian Society website - (click to go to index).

And something else of interest: BBC radio program (click here to listen) on the "Star-Spangled Banner" - David is interviewed from 6:55 to 8:40, introducing Jose Feliciano; includes interview with the living brother of Jimi Hendrix


MM cover David's book: Musical Maryland: A History of Song and Performance from the Colonial Period to the Age of Radio was published in late 2017 by The Johns Hopkins University Press, and can be purchased here at the Colonial Music Institute store.