David Hahn is a conductor, baritone, and educator, currently pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance. In the fall of 2019, Mr. Hahn was appointed Artistic Director of the Novi Choralaires, Director of Music Ministries at Bethlehem United Church of Christ, and Assistant Conductor of the Michigan Youth Chamber Singers and the internationally acclaimed University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club.
From 2016-2019, Mr. Hahn resided in Buffalo, NY where he was Artistic Director and Conductor of the Orchard Park Chorale and Director of Choral Music at Nichols School where he directed the Concert Choir, Honors Vocal Ensemble, and taught courses in voice, electronic music composition, and music appreciation. While at Nichols, Mr. Hahn grew the choral program over 85%, created and directed the Nichols Choral Festival, led his students in a performance at the BPO, and increased the fundamental musical literacy of his students by completely redesigning the Freshman Survey of Music course and championing innovative courses such as Vocal Technique, Electronic Music Composition/Songwriting, and Musical Archetypes in Contemporary Art, Film, Music, and Culture. Mr. Hahn also curated guest artist residencies where several notable choral leaders were invited to campus to do workshops with his students.
As a lyric baritone, Mr. Hahn has enjoyed professional memberships in several choral organizations, most notably as Bass Section Leader in the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus, the Chicago Choral Artists, VOICES, First Inversion, and the Eastman-Rochester Chorus. He has also performed with Buffalo Opera Unlimited, most recently in 2018 as Lieutenant Gordon in their historic performance of Silent Night. 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.
At the Eastman School of Music, Mr. 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 held appointments as Ensemble Manager of the Eastman-Rochester Chorus and President of the ACDA Eastman Chapter. In the spring of 2018, Mr. Hahn received the third place Ernst Bacon Award in the college/university division of The American Prize for his live recording of John Corigliano's Fern Hill with the Eastman Repertory Singers.
From 2009 to 2014, David Hahn resided in Chicago, IL where he formed and directed a professional ensemble, Con Brio Chamber Singers, that premiered new works and performed live, radio-recorded concerts. He also conducted ensembles at The Moody Church and conducted the Moody Oratorio Chorus and the Moody Chorale at MBI, with which he traveled extensively throughout four continents.
Mr. Hahn holds the Bachelor of Music degree in Voice and Sacred Music from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, and the Master of Music degree in Conducting from the Eastman School of Music where he was a recipient of the Edith H Babcock and Herman Genhart Choral Conducting scholarships. Mr. Hahn has furthered his conducting training at the CCM Opera Bootcamp, Wintergreen Conductor’s Summit, and Chorus America Conducting Academy. His mentors include Eugene Rogers, William Weinert, Mark Gibson, Brad Lubman, Tim Stafford, and Jim Mitchell. He has also studied voice with Robert Swensen at ESM, Terry Strandt at MBI, and Kyle Ferrill at Interlochen.