David Hahn is the Visiting Director of Choral Activities at the University of Toledo where he directs the Chamber Singers, University Chorus, and teaches secondary vocal methods, choral conducting, and applied voice. David is also a third-year doctoral student in choral conducting at the University of Michigan and the Director of Music Ministries at Bethlehem United Church of Christ in downtown Ann Arbor.
At the University of Michigan, David collaborated with African American song literature scholar Louise Toppin to conduct the 2020 University of Michigan concert performance premiere of Bill Banfield's monumental opera, Edmonia. David also served as conductor of University Choir and assistant conductor of the Women's Glee Club, Michigan Youth Chamber Singers, and the internationally acclaimed Michigan Men’s Glee Club where he helped prepare the 104-voice chorus through an innovative program, You Are Enough, to champion mental health awareness.
In 2016, David became the Director of Choral Music at Nichols School in Buffalo, NY where he directed the Concert Choir, Honors Vocal Ensemble, and taught courses in voice, electronic music composition, and music appreciation. Under David's leadership, the choral program experienced over 85% growth, which led to the creation of an additional ensemble. His students consistently earned top marks at local adjudications and were frequently invited to perform in the community, most notably at Roswell Cancer Center and at Kleinhans Hall through the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's Community Spotlight concert series. In the fall of 2017, David developed the Nichols Choral Festival whereby local high schools, community choirs, and universities were invited to campus to perform for each other in a non-competitive event to promote engagement and collaboration in the Buffalo choral community.
In 2017, David was appointed Artistic Director and Conductor of the Orchard Park Chorale where he helped rebrand the chorus and create one of the most highly regarded professional choruses in the area. Concert performances included Constant Lambert's The Rio Grande, Finzi's In Terra Pax, and Vaughan Williams' Toward the Unknown Region, all with full orchestra. Under David's direction, membership increased over 45% and talented students from local high schools became regular members of the chorus through the newly created OPC Young Artist Program.
As a lyric baritone, David has held 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. David has also performed with Buffalo Opera Unlimited, most recently in 2018 as Lieutenant Gordon in their historic 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.
At the Eastman School of Music, David 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, David 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.
During his undergraduate studies in Chicago, IL, David 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.
David holds the Bachelor of Music degree in Voice and Sacred Music from the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, and the Master of Music degree in Conducting (Choral) from the Eastman School of Music where he was a recipient of the Edith H. Babcock and Herman Genhart Choral Conducting scholarships. David currently studies with Eugene Rogers at U-M and has previously studied both choral and orchestral conducting with William Weinert and Brad Lubman (Eastman), Mark Gibson (CCM Opera Bootcamp), Victor Yampolsky and Erin Freeman (Wintergreen Conductor’s Summit), and David Hayes, Lucinda Carver, and Duain Wolfe (Chorus America Conducting Academy).