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DAVID K. HILDEBRAND
|The Peabody Conservatory
of the Johns Hopkins University
1 East Mt. Vernon Place
Baltimore, MD 21012
276 Oak Court
Severna Park, MD 21146
Ph.D., Musicology, minor in American History
The Catholic University of America, Washington DC, 1992; 3.89 G.P.A. University Fellow. Dissertation: "Musical Life in and around Annapolis, Maryland, 1649–1776" [an interdisciplinary study of colonial musical culture, secular and sacred, with a focus on repertory and historical biography].
George Washington University, Washington, DC, 1987; 4.00 G.P.A. University Fellow. Thesis: "Musical Instruments: Their Implications Concerning Musical Life in Colonial Annapolis."
B.S. Geology/Music (double major)
Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA, 1979/83; 3.91 G.P.A. Charles A. Dana Scholar. Departmental Honors (Music), Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude.
Specialty is interpreting early American music on appropriate reproduction instruments. Venues include formal concerts for sponsors such as the Smithsonian Institution, the National Archives, William Clements Library (University of Michigan), Mount Vernon, and Colonial Williamsburg. Outreach also includes consulting, educational programming, specialized workshops and residencies. Business management includes contracting, promotion, distribution of recordings, etc. Self-employed continuously in these pursuits since 1980.
Scholarly and Educational Activities:
Arranging, performing, and producing historically-informed sound recordings, also consulting regarding public radio and educational video productions that concern early American music. Free-lance research on special projects, such as planning music programs for specific historic sites (for example, hired to consult on interactive video project for the Octagon Museum and write scholarly report as basis for exhibition on music in Federal America for Yorktown Victory Center). Lecturing, using both taped and live musical examples, for museums and historical societies. Attending conferences and presenting papers and lecture/recitals for the professional organizations listed below. Writing reviews, articles, and current book. Consulting projects have included the public television documentaries Liberty! -- the American Revolution and Jefferson: A View from the Mountain, as well as the C-Span series The American Presidents. David has recently (Fall, 2001) finished soundtrack work on the forthcoming documentary Rediscovering George Washington (Manifold Productions, Michael Pack, Producer, committed to air on PBS nationwide July 4, 2002).
The Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD. Graduate seminars in American music (Fall 1994 to present, part time). Involving lectures, in-class performances, and archival work; includes study of concurrent musical developments in Europe.
University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Catonsville, MD (Spring 1994). "A History of American Music." An undergraduate survey from colonial times to present, covering the evolution of popular and folk genres as well as art music.
Montessori International Academy, Annapolis, MD. Vocal music program, 1983-86.
Miscellaneous: Elerhostel Class, Spring 1999;
Private Instruction on Piano, 1983-87.
Maryland's Musical Heritage: Three Centuries of Musical Culture. Working title of forthcoming book, co-authoring with Elizabeth Schaff; book under contract with Johns Hopkins University Press.
Singing in the New Nation: How Music Shaped the Confederacy, 1861-1865. review of book by E. Lawrence Abel (Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 2000), to be published in Maryland Historical Magazine (summer, 2001?).
The Performing Arts in Colonial American Newspapers, 1690-1783. Text Data Base and Index. review of CD-Rom by Mary Jane Corry, Kate Van Winkle Keller, and Robert Keller, in American Music 18, 1 (Spring 2000), 109-11.
Music for Hire: A Study of Professional Musicians in Washington (1877-1900), review of book by Katherine K. Preston, in American Music 12/2 (Summer 1994), 191-93.
Secular Music in Colonial Annapolis: The Tuesday Club, 1745-1756, review of book by John Barry Talley, in The William & Mary Quarterly 3rd Ser., 49/1 (January 1992), 157-59.
Holy Things and Profane: Anglican Parish Churches in Colonial Virginia, review of book by Dell Upton. Maryland Historical Magazine 86 (Fall 1991), 345-6.
Francis Johnson: American Cotillions Volume 1, books 1 and 2, review of record by David Anthony Lofton, Piano. The Sonneck Society for American Music Bulletin 17/1 (Spring 1991), 40-41.
"Music and Performance in the Colonial Chesapeake,"
article in The Sonneck Society for American Music Bulletin,
15/3 (Fall, 1989), 103-06.
Recordings: arranged, performed, and produced with Ginger Hildebrand:
Music in the Life of Benjamin Franklin - produced in conjunction with Julianne Baird to honor the 300th anniversary of Franklin’s birth. A full-length recording (and companion music book) features vocal and instrumental music, including extensive historical background notes, a list of instruments and sources, and a selection-by-selection discussion of the music (2006, Colonial Music Institute, CMI H-106).
George Washington: Music for the First President was produced in conjunction with Kate Van Winkle Keller for Mount Vernon, this full-length recording (and companion music book) features vocal and instrumental music, including extensive historical background notes, a list of instruments and sources, and a selection-by-selection discussion of the music (1999, Hildebrands’ Studio, H-105).
Physics Pholk Songs . . . and other Scienterrific Ditties is a full-length compact disc recording of both vocal and instrumental music, including new compositions and arrangements of others’ works. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation (1998, Hildebrands’ Studio, SE-7130).
Music of the Charles Carroll Family, 1785-1832 is a full-length compact disc recording of both vocal and instrumental chamber music from the library of one of Maryland's four signers of the Declaration of Independence (1991, Albany Records, TROY056).
Over the Hills and Far Away, Being A Collection of Music from 18th-Century Annapolis is another compact disc recording, this is a topical collection of pre-Revolutionary music. Also includes extensive historical background notes, a list of instruments and sources, and a selection-by-selection discussion of the music (1990, Albany Records, TROY042).
Out On A Limb—Traditional Folk Music is a collection of international folk music selected and arranged for duet/small ensemble (1984, H101).