David and Ginger began concertizing together professionally in 1980, turning their focus in 1985 to researching, performing, and recording colonial music. More recently they have added programs on American music of the War of 1812. The Hildebrands present concerts and educational programs throughout the country for museums, historical societies, national and state historic parks, and universities. The Smithsonian Institution, Mount Vernon, the National Gallery of Art, and Colonial Williamsburg are among their many sponsors. David and Ginger’s seven full-length recordings focus mostly on colonial and federal era music, highlighting both classical and folk‑based repertory -- most recent are "Music in the Life of Benjamin Franklin" click here for sample track: "The Old Man's Wish" click here to purchase this CD in our store and "Music of the War of 1812 in America" click here for sample track: "Perry's Victory" click here to purchase ths CD in our store
Ginger earned her B.A. in music from Dickinson College, going on to receive an M.M. in guitar performance from the Peabody Conservatory in 1988. She teaches classical guitar both privately and at local colleges, and she also tours regularly with Ensemble Galileii and has done special outreach programs for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. For the past 5 years Ginger has performed nearly every Friday at Walter Reed National Hospital, volunteering to soothe and encourage our wounded warriors. David, who also received a Bachelor's from Dickinson, went on for an M.A. in musicology from George Washington University and Ph.D. in the same field from Catholic University. He teaches American music history at the Peabody Conservatory. David is especially active in telling the story of "The Star-Spangled Banner;" he also recently appeared on the PBS series "History Detectives." "Anthem," co-produced with brother Mark Hildebrand, has been broadcast nationally. David is frequently interviewed on National Public Radio, for whom he also wrote and narrated his own program "Broadside to Anthem: Music of the War of 1812."