David A. Hanson received his Bachelor of Music degree from Bowling Green State University, his Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan, and completed 30 hours of additional postgraduate study at BGSU. He also studied at the Brevard Music Center and the Aspen Music School. Mr. Hanson was the Director of the Orchestra Program for the Findlay City Schools and taught grades 4-12 for 35 years before retiring in 2003. He has been on the faculty of Heidelberg University for 36 years in addition to having taught at Bluffton University, the University of Findlay, and Bowling Green State University. At Heidelberg University, he teaches classical guitar, double bass, and string methods.
Mr. Hanson has directed the Findlay High School Symphony Orchestra at the following clinics, conferences, festivals, college and university campuses: Mid-East Instrumental Music Conference (Pittsburgh, Pa. ‘70,’75), Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic (Chicago, Ill. ‘79), Ohio Music Education Professional Conference (Toledo ‘79, Columbus ‘83, Toledo ‘88, Cleveland ‘91, Columbus ‘95), Bowling Green State University (‘71, ‘79, ‘91), University of Cincinnati (‘74), Bluffton University (‘75), Heidelberg University (‘78), Kent State University (‘82), Miami University (‘93), Ohio State University (‘87, ‘94).
He has written eleven teaching related articles, which have been published in professional music educator journals and has composed 27 musical compositions, two of which have been published. He has performed professionally in numerous ensembles including the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, the Lima Symphony, and the Findlay String Quartet, and has served as a paid consultant for the Patel Conservatory Youth Orchestra Program in Tampa, Florida.
As an involved member of the Ohio Music Education Association, Mr. Hanson served two terms each as treasurer and chairman of the Northwest Region, chairman of the 35th and 39th Annual Northwest Ohio Region Orchestras, and orchestra chair of the 1997 Ohio All State Orchestra. He holds additional memberships in Phi Mu Alpha, professional music fraternity, Kappa Delta Pi, honorary educational society, and Pi Kappa Lambda, national music honor society.
He has been the recipient of the following awards and honors: Findlay Jaycees 1977 "Outstanding Young Educator Award", 1979 Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic “Orchestra Directors' Medal of Honor”, 1991 designation as a Nationally Certified Music Educator by Music Educators National Conference, Ohio String Teachers Association 1995 "Teacher Of The Year" Award, Findlay Rotary Club 1996 “Teacher Golden Apple Award”, Findlay City Schools 1999-2000 “C. Robert Baker Award”, Biographical Listing in "Who's Who Among America's Teachers", “Who’s Who In American Education”, and “Who’s Who In America”.
Mr. Hanson resides in Findlay, Ohio with his wife of 30 years, Lori.