For the first time at Mount Vernon, on select Sundays this past summer, there was live music in the mansion -- upon Nelly's New Harpsichord. Guests were 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, David Hildebrand had the pleasure of playing lovely instrument, bringing back to life the sounds of the originial [dance tunes, songs of the theater, military and patrotic music, especially see video]. Additionally, a Harpsichord Symposium was held at Mount Vernon, August 2nd and 3rd, which featured scholarly presentations and evening concerts open to the public.
Hopefully, new dates for public performances will be set soon, so stay tuned!
A 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). https://www.americanantiquarian.org/support 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." It is nearly fully funded now!