American conductor David Hahn is the Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music at the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University where he conducts the Schwob Singers, Choral Union, and teaches conducting at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He holds the Paul S. and Jean R. Amos Distinguished Chair for Choral Activities. Dr. Hahn previously served as Visiting Director of Choral Activities at the University of Toledo.
At the University of Michigan, Dr. Hahn directed the University Choir and served as assistant conductor of the Chamber Choir, Women's Glee Club, Michigan Youth Chamber Singers, and the internationally acclaimed Men's Glee Club. He also conducted the 2020 University of Michigan concert performance premiere of Bill Banfield’s poignant opera, Edmonia in addition to helping prepare the university choruses for the premiere of The Justice Symphony by Damien Geter.
While living in New York, Dr. Hahn served three years as Director of Choral Music at the prestigious Nichols School of Buffalo, where he directed multiple choirs and served as director of the Nichols Choral Festival and Invitational. 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. Concert performances with full orchestra included Constant Lambert's The Rio Grande, Vaughan Williams' Toward the Unknown Region, and Finzi's In Terra Pax.
At the Eastman School of Music, Dr. Hahn conducted both choral and orchestral ensembles including the Eastman Chorale, Eastman Repertory Singers, Eastman/UR Women’s Chorus, Graduate Conducting Orchestra, and two concerts in the Bach Cantata Concert Series. He also served as Ensemble Manager of the Eastman-Rochester Chorus and President of the ACDA Eastman Chapter. Dr. Hahn is a proud winner of the American Prize Ernst Bacon Award in the College/University division for his 2015 performance of John Corigliano's Fern Hill with the Eastman Repertory Singers.
Dr. Hahn has held professional memberships in many choral organizations, most notably as Bass Section Leader with the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus, the Chicago Choral Artists, VOICES, First Inversion, and the Eastman-Rochester Chorus. 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, the Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the Eastman School of Music where he was a recipient of the Edith H. Babcock and Herman Genhart Choral Conducting scholarships, and the Bachelor of Music degree in Voice and Sacred Music from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL. His teachers include: Eugene Rogers, William Weinert, Brad Lubman, Mark Gibson, Victor Yampolsky, Erin Freeman, and Tim Stafford.