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David Hildebrand


An adjunct instructor at Peabody since 1994, Dr. David Hildebrand is a specialist in Early American Music. He has been performing professionally since 1980, mostly in duet with his wife Ginger (MM ’88, Guitar). Together the Hildebrands present concerts and educational programs throughout the country for museums, historical societies, schools, colleges, and universities.

David received his BS from Dickinson College, an MA in musicology from George Washington University, and his PhD in Musicology from The Catholic University of America. He lectures widely and consults in the field, and his history of music in Maryland, entitled Musical Maryland: Three Centuries of Song in the Land of Pleasant Living, will be published soon by the Johns Hopkins University Press.

The Hildebrands' music enlivens the soundtracks of public television documentaries like Rediscovering George Washington, Liberty! — the American Revolution, and Anthem - The Story of "The Star-Spangled Banner."  David and Ginger have released seven full-length recordings, including George Washington: Music for the First President, and, most recently, Music of the War of 1812.  In addition to teaching at Peabody in 2016-17, David is currently a residential Fellow at Mount Vernon's National Library for the the study of George Washington.  His full cv, concert schedule, and listing of publications are all accessible at


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