David C. Howse

David Howse headshot
Associate Vice President, Emerson College; Executive Director, ArtsEmerson)

David C. Howse is a recognized speaker and commentator on the arts and social integration. An associate vice president at Emerson College and managing director of ArtsEmerson, Howse is part of the collaborative three-person leadership team that co-directs Emerson’s multi-faceted Office of the Arts program. Howse previously served as the executive director of the award-winning Boston Children’s Chorus (BCC), an organization that brings youth from the ages of 7 to 18 from the greater Boston area to create harmony both musically and socially through a shared love of music. As a founding staff member, Howse was instrumental in helping grow BCC from a pilot project serving 20 kids in 2003 to a vibrant organization educating over 500 singers in 12 choirs in 5 locations. Howse holds degrees from Bradley University and New England Conservatory of Music and is a graduate of Harvard Business School's Next Generation Executive Leadership Program. Currently, as a member of the National Arts Strategies Chief Executive Program, a consortium of 100 of the world’s top cultural leaders, he is involved in addressing the critical issues that face the arts and cultural sector world-wide. Howse has received numerous awards for his innovative leadership including Boston Business Journal's “40 under 40” Award, recognizing him as one Boston’s best and brightest young executives. David serves on the South Shore Hospital Board of Directors, the Board of Corporators for Eastern Bank, Chorus America Board of Directors, and on the Board of the Forbes House Museum. He also serves on the advisory board of the Eliot School for the Arts and the corporation of the Community Music Center of Boston. He lives outside of Boston with his wife, two young boys, and their dog Pluto.

Get News