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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.

KVWKCalIt is with great sadness that we report the passing of Colonial Music Institute co-founder Kate Van Winkle Keller (1937-2018). Kitty, as friends and colleagues called her, together with her husband Bob, came up with the idea of the Colonial Music Institute in 1998. For some 20 years she contributed articles, databases and other educational materials, but more importantly authored several ground-breaking books on dance in early America. Ginger and I will continue to carry on the Insitute's mission, with heavy hearts yet eager to keep Kitty's legacy alive and continue to move forward in researching and writing about early American music and dance.

  -- David Hildebrand, Director, the Colonial Music Institute