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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 16th 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 educational outreach in the fields of early American music and dance.

New recordings of Isaiah Thomas ballads now being posted on American Antiquarian Society website; an index to be available soon. 

. . .  an email in recently, while on the road - "Thank you so much for traveling, and with your instruments, to Tulsa. Not much colonial happening here in Indian Territory. I want to let you know how much impact your presentations can mean to a child. In 1965 (5th grade) my family took a trip to Williamsburg and I heard the fifes and heard a recorder player. I have been playing the recorder EVER SINCE (that's 50 years) and am in an Early Music group now. That's what can happen. Your history and musicology and performance were a joy.  I also want to add that due to the scope of your research, your presentation is enjoyable for professionals, dilettantes, and youth alike. Play on!"      ---Nancy Brian, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma