If you would like to engage us for a performance or other professional service please contact us at:
phone: (410) 544-6149
mail: The Colonial Music Institute
276 Oak Court
Severna Park, MD 21146 USA
Among our programs offered are:
-Concerts -- colonial through 1812-era, period instruments and attire; the performance of live music, clarified and enriched with practiced spoken introductions provides a rich, moving and educational experience. Audience members frequently comment afterwards - "Wow, that was fascinating, excellently presented . . . . and I learned so much!" They come away with an in-depth understanding of a variety of concert themes: music about George Washington, the politics of Federal America, regional music of Revolutionary New Hampshire (or Georgia, or Virginia), the story of our national anthem, and more. They can then take home a CD or music book based upon several of these topics.click here for audio sample: title track from their CD "Over the Hills and Far Away." (this CD is available in our store; click to go there)
-Lectures -- David is supported by the Maryland Humanities Council (David's televised lecture on "The Star-Spangled Banner"); often include rich visual materials in addition to live and recorded music.
-Workshops -- especially teacher enrichment institutes offered during the summer. David and Ginger have presented directly to teachers through programs sponsored by The National Gallery of Art, Mount Veron, and for the University of Pittsburgh's "Voices Across Time." The emphasis is always on incorporating appropriate music into classroom teaching and making compelling resources easily available.
-School programs -- we are supported by the Maryland State Arts Council and have appeared at hundreds (likely thousands, but we've lost count!) of schools, public and private, around the country. Titles include "Music of Colonial Maryland" and "The Birth of the `Star-Spangled Banner.'" These interactive presentations are ideal for 5th grade yet work well at all levels as we are very audience-sensitive.
And some OTHER SERVICES include:
-consulting (program planning, musicological research)
-private instruction (Ginger on classical guitar & violin, David on piano)
-custom recording (especially for museum exhibit audio)
After a public program at National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Rehearal in Graz, Austria (2001) -Ginger back right; David second from left.
. . .and the run-through before that concert (David seated at harpsichord, Ginger far left on hammered dulcimer).
(higher resolution versions available upon request)
At Colonial Williamsburg, December 2014 - photo credit Tanya Lyons.
In 1812-era attire a the Decatur House in Washington, DC -- credit: White House Historical Association, Matthew Paul D'Agostino
. . . after David & Ginger's mini-residency at Muskingum University in Ohio, Februar 2 & 3, 2018, some feedback:"It was really exciting for our campus community to have you here to share your knowledge and passion for early American music! It is really apparent you both love what you do! Everyone I have talked to has said great things about the concert and/or presentation! . . . It was especially cool because we drew in faculty from across campus, and some community folks I have not seen before."----David A. Turrill, DMA Chair, Department of Music & Director of Bands