Dr. Hilde Binford


  • Music History
  • Senior Seminar
  • Learning in Common (LinC)


Hilde Binford received her BA in history and Master of Music in music history from Rice University. She then went to Stanford University, where she earned a PhD in musicology. Her dissertation was on Aquitanian Introit tropes. Since then, her research has expanded to the music of the Old Order Amish and other Reformation churches. Since 2005, she has directed five NEH Institutes for Schoolteachers on the music of J. S. Bach. She continues to present papers at conferences, develop new interdisciplinary courses, and help coordinate the biennial conference on Moravian history and music. She plays the fiddle and viol da gamba.

In her personal life, Dr. Binford enjoys traveling with her partner, David Boothroyd, and two sons, Trent and Alex. She has camped in the wetlands of Brazil, stayed with the Maasai in Kenya, and volunteered in Guatemala. She continues to take courses herself, and is particularly interested in math, photography, history, and magic.