David Callahan is well known to local audiences as a dynamic conductor and music director whose innovative performances frequently include new or rarely heard works along with standard repertoire. Since becoming the Music Director of the Brookline Symphony in 1984, he has dramatically improved its quality and has programmed many Boston and world premieres. He has been a frequent guest on radio and television, and the Brookline Symphony performances have been aired on both Boston and Brookline Cable Stations. In Boston he studied with Atilio Poto and composition with Philip Bezanson and Robert Stern; at Tanglewood, he studied with Leonard Bernstein and Sir Colin Davis.

Mr. Callahan gained much of his experience conducting many orchestras in the New England area, including the Wellesley Symphony, where he was associate conductor; he also conducted the Five College Orchestra of Amherst and the Group for New Music under Charles Fussell. Mr. Callahan is Professor of Music at the Berklee College of Music, and teaches conducting and orchestration. In addition, he frequently leads the Berklee faculty in performances of 20th century music, and has been guest conductor with the Paul Madore Chorale each summer since 1991.