Southwestern Michigan Vocal Festival Guest Conductor

photo of Dr. Eph Ehly wearing a grey jacket with a black turtle neck shirtEph Ehly

2018 guest conductor

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. Ehly is Professor Emeritus at the Conservatory of Music, University of Missouri-Kansas City. Ninety doctoral and more than 100 master’s degree students have graduated under his supervision.

Ehly is the author of two books published by Heritage Press. “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 featuring 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 Ehly with the School of Music’s Outstanding Alumni Award, and the UMKC Board of Trustees selected him for the Faculty Fellowship Award. He is a past recipient of the Mrs. Ewing M. Kauffman Excellence in Teaching Award and the UMKC 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 its first Outstanding Alumni Award during its 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.

Ehly received his doctoral degree from the University of Colorado, master’s degree from George Peabody College, and bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Kearney. Notable teachers he studied with are Jean Berger, Julius Hereford, Warner Imig, William Lynn Jr., George Lynn (former director of Westminster Choir College), Louis Nicholas (past president of NATS), Vincent Persichetti (composer), and Lynn Whitten.

It is our pleasure to welcome Dr. Eph Ehly back to Western Michigan University as guest conductor of the 80th annual Southwestern Michigan Vocal Festival to be held in Miller Auditorium on March 15, 2018.