Lecturers at the Jefferson Educational Society

David Hildebrand,

Dr. David Hildebrand has been performing professionally since 1980, mostly in duet with his wife Ginger, focusing on American music of the Colonial era, Federal period, and now especially the War of 1812 period.  David received his undergraduate degree from Dickinson College, an M.A. in musicology from George Washington University, and his Ph.D. in Musicology from Catholic University.  He present concerts and educational programs throughout the country, consults in the field, and teaches American music history at the Peabody Conservatory.  His book on the history of music in Maryland is to be published soon by the Johns Hopkins University Press.

David is especially active in using music to teach American history at a variety of levels.  He presents at scholarly conferences, writes articles and reviews for academic journals (such as Sea History, forthcoming this summer), performs for students of all ages, and gives teacher workshops regularly sponsored by the National Gallery of Art and Mount Vernon.  He is creating a documentary film, Anthem, together with brother Mark Hildebrand, about the story behind "The Star-Spangled Banner."  Look for David this summer on the PBS series "History Detectives," and also for broadcast this summer is a one-hour NPR program he has produced on music of the war of 1812.

David and Ginger Hildebrands’ music enlivens the soundtracks of public television documentaries like “Rediscovering George Washington,” andLiberty! -- the American Revolution.”  David and Ginger have released six full-length CD recordings.