American conductor Dr. David E. Hahn is Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music in the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University where he conducts the Schwob Singers, Choral Union, and teaches class voice and conducting at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He holds the Paul S. and Jean R. Amos Distinguished Chair in Music. Dr. Hahn previously served as Director of Choral Activities (Visiting) at the University of Toledo and was invited to be the Guest Conductor of the Putnam County High School Honor Choir.
Dr. Hahn is a proud advocate of new music and frequently collaborates with leading composers and creative artists to premiere new works and perform works that aim to address the social and societal issues of today. At the University of Michigan, Dr. Hahn’s dissertation included David Lang’s The National Anthems, Trevor Weston’s Mary’s Verses, and Kile Smith’s modern setting of the Star-Spangled Banner. He also conducted the 2020 University of Michigan concert performance premiere of Bill Banfield’s poignant opera, Edmonia. In 2018, Dr. Hahn won the American Prize Ernst Bacon Award in the College/University division for his performance of John Corigliano's Fern Hill with the Eastman Repertory Singers.
From 2016-19, Dr. Hahn was the Director of Choral Music at the Nichols School of Buffalo, where he directed multiple choirs and served as director of the Nichols Choral Festival and Invitational. Dr. Hahn's students consistently earned top marks at adjudications, and were invited to perform at the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's Kleinhans Hall through their community spotlight concert series. In 2017, Dr. Hahn was appointed Artistic Director & Conductor of the Orchard Park Chorale and helped the chorus become one of the premier symphonic choruses in Western New York.
As a professional singer, Dr. Hahn recently performed at the Kennedy Center as an invited guest with The Washington Chorus. He has previously sung with the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus (as Bass Section Leader), the Chicago Choral Artists, VOICES, First Inversion, and the Eastman-Rochester Chorus (as Ensemble Manager and Bass Section Leader). Dr. Hahn has also performed with Buffalo Opera Unlimited, most recently as Lieutenant Gordon in their performance of Silent Night by Kevin Puts. Past solos include Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem and Dominick Argento’s Four Seascapes with the Eastman-Rochester Chorus, Stravinsky’s Mass with the Eastman Repertory Singers, and the Faure Requiem and Handel’s Messiah with the Moody Oratorio Chorus.
Dr. Hahn holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Michigan (Eugene Rogers), the Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the Eastman School of Music (William Weinert, Brad Lubman) where he was a recipient of the Edith H. Babcock and Herman Genhart Conducting scholarships, and the Bachelor of Music degree in Voice and Sacred Music with Honors from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL. In masterclasses and workshops, Dr. Hahn has also worked with Mark Gibson, Victor Yampolsky, David Hayes, Lucinda Carver, Duain Wolfe, Erin Freeman, Andrew Megill, and Jerry Blackstone.