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Dr. Eph Ehly

A research article Published in the American Choral Directors Journal named Eph Ehly “one of the most sought-after choral conductors/clinicians in America.” He has conducted over 85 All-State Choirs, and over 600 Festival ensembles. As a

conductor, author, lecturer and clinician he has appeared throughout the United

States, Canada, Brazil, Japan, Mexico, several countries throughout Europe, and

presented on more than 100 college and university campuses. Dr. Ehly is Professor Emeritus at the Conservatory of Music, University of Missouri-Kansas City. He served as Interim Professor of Choral Music at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2015-16; Texas Christian University, 2010;

University of Oklahoma, 2006-07-09; and taught graduate students at Kansas University fall 2009.

90 Doctorate and more than 100 Masters Degree students have graduated under his

supervision. Prior to serving the Conservatory in Kansas City, he was Director of

Choral Activities at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. His teaching

experiences began in public high schools in Western Nebraska.

Ehly is the author of two books published by Heritage Press, a division of Lorenz

Corporation. “HOGEY’S JOURNEY” is a popular book receiving positive reviews

for its “...inspired passion for musical excellence, mature wisdom and transcendent

appeal.” Hal Leonard Publishing Company released the “first of its kind” Video Master

Classes which feature Dr. Ehly’s philosophies in conducting and rehearsal

techniques. His methods and philosophies have been the subject of several Doctoral

Dissertations by active American Choral Conductors. Colorado University honored Dr. Ehly with the School of Music’s Outstanding Alumni Award. The UMKC Board of Trustees’ selection of Ehly for the Faculty Fellowship Award, accompanied by a monetary stipend, evidenced the popularity of his unique and enthusiastic approach to teaching. He is a past-recipient of the Mrs. Ewing M. Kauffman Excellence in Teaching Award and The UKC Trustees’ Teaching Award for Excellence. He was twice presented the AMOCO Foundation

Outstanding Teaching Award. His alma mater, The University of Nebraska-Kearney,

presented him with their “First Outstanding Alumni Award” during it Diamond

Jubilee Celebration, and the “Gary Thomas distinguished Alumni Award.” He is a

past recipient of the Missouri Choral Directors Association “Luther Spade Choral

Director of the Year Award” for his contributions to the choral art in the state of

Missouri. As a past recipient of two Faculty Grants, Ehly studied “Advanced Compositional

Techniques” in choral music visiting leading composers and conductors in the

former Soviet Union, Poland, Germany, England, Sweden, Denmark, France, Italy,

Austria and Switzerland. Under the sponsorship of the Partners of the Americas

Program, Dr. Ehly was Guest Artist in Residence to Belem, the capitol of the state of

Para, Brazil and a second residency in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Dr. Ehly received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Colorado, a Master of Music Degree from George Peabody College, Nashville, Tennessee and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Nebraska-Kearney. Notable teachers he studied with are Jean Berger, Julius Hereford, Warner Imig, Willam Lynn Jr., George Lynn former Director of Westminster Choir College, Louis Nicholas - past president NATS, Vincent Persichetti - composer, and Lynn Whitten. Eph is married to Lori. They live in Kansas City. He is the father of son

Christopher, a family Practice Physician; daughter Heidi Jane, Director, Clinical

Solutions Management with Cerner Corporation; daughter-in-law Julie, a

Pediatrician; son-in-law Gregg, a Quality Assurance Specialist. Eph is presently

practicing being grandfather to Hank, Rae-Anne, Luke, Max and Lucy.


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