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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   Just added to the summer schedule:

 Free of charge for visitors at Mount Vernon on select summer Sundays (August 11th and 18th still ahead), David will be performing in the mansion upon Nelly's New Harpsichord.  Guests will be treated to the sounds of an exact copy of the grand harpsichord delivered to the Washingtons in 1793.  Constructed over the past two years by master builder John Watson, this lovely instrument will bring back to life the sounds of the originial -- dance tunes, songs of the theater, military and patrotic music, especially. [see video].  Additionally, the upcoming Harpsichord Symposium at Mount Vernon, August 2nd and 3rd, features evening concerts open to the public.

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."