David Hahn was appointed Artistic Director and Conductor of the Orchard Park Chorale in 2017. He brings versatility and a plethora of conducting experience to the position, having conducted both choral and orchestral ensembles at the Eastman School of Music (Eastman Chorale, Eastman Repertory Singers, Eastman/UR Women’s Chorus, Graduate Conducting Orchestra, Bach Cantata Concert Series), Moody Bible Institute (Moody Chorale, Moody Oratorio Chorus), and at several churches (The Chapel, Aldersgate UMC, Moody Church of Chicago). As a lyric baritone, David has enjoyed professional memberships in many organizations, most notably with the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus (Bass Section Leader), the Chicago Choral Artists, VOICES, First Inversion (Bass Section Leader), and the Eastman-Rochester Chorus (Bass Section Leader).
David currently serves as the Director of Choral Music at Nichols School in Buffalo, NY where he directs the upper school choirs and teaches voice lessons, arts electives, and vocal technique. He is also the Music Director at Kenmore Baptist Church. David holds the MM degree in Conducting from the Eastman School of Music and the BM degree in Voice/Sacred Music from the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. Learn more at: www.davidehahn.com
MEET OUR Accompanist
Joanne Hollenbeck has accompanied the Orchard Park Chorale for more than 25 years. She is currently the keyboardist at the Hamburg Presbyterian Church and the accompanist for the Advent Chorale of Western New York which performs George Frideric Handel’s Messiah every Christmas season. Former church positions include Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, Dunkirk Presbyterian Church, and the Hamburg Christian Science Church. Mrs. Hollenbeck studied piano and organ with David Bond, Frederick Burgomaster, Allen Giles and Johannes Magendanz. She earned an undergraduate degree in voice from SUNY Fredonia, where she accompanied the Festival Chorus, Opera Theatre, and numerous vocal and instrumental soloists. She has also accompanied choruses and soloists in the Western New York area and at summer music conferences in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida, and North Carolina.
A former Emergency Medical Technician, Mrs. Hollenbeck now serves the Hamburg Volunteer Fire Department as a member of the Family Assistance Team and travels each winter to Haiti to do medical mission work with Functional Literacy Ministry.