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Eph EhlyEph Ehly has been a husband to Jan for more than three decades.  He has been a father to son Christopher, a Family Practice Physician; daughter Heidi Jane, a Registered Nurse with two Bachelor Degrees; daughter-in-law Julie, a Pediatrician; and son-in-law Gregg, a quality assurance specialist.  Presently Eph is practicing being a grandfather to Hank, Rae Anne, Luke, Max and Lucy.

A research article published in the AMERICAN CHORAL DIRECTORS JOURNAL named Eph Ehly "one of the most sought-after choral conductors/clinicians".  He has conducted over 80 ALL-STATE CHOIRS, and over 600 FESTIVAL ENSEMBLES.  As a conductor, author, lecturer and clinician he has appeared in 48 states, Canada, Brazil, Japan, Mexico, several countries throughout Europe and presented on more than 100 college and university campuses.

Dr. Ehly retired from the CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC, UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI-KANSAS CITY after 27 years of service. Ehly served an Interim Professorship at the University of Oklahoma in 2006-07. More than 90 Doctorate and 100 Masters Degree students have graduated under his supervision. From 1969-1972 he was Director of Choral Activities at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. Prior to that he taught in public schools in Western Nebraska

Ehly is the author of a popular book, "Hogey's Journey" published by Heritage Press.  It is receiving rave 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.

The UMKC Board of Trustees' selection of Ehly, for the FACULTY FELLOWSHIP AWARD that granted him a stipend of $10,000, evidences the popularity of his unique and enthusiastic approach to teaching. In 1998 he was the recipient of the MRS. EWING M. KAUFFMAN EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARD that granted him a stipend of $5000.  He is a past recipient of 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 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 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 while visiting leading composers and conductors in the Soviet Union, Poland, Germany, England, Sweden, Denmark, France, Italy, Austria and Switzerland.  Under the sponsorship of the PARTNERS OF THE AMERICAS PROGRAM, Dr. Ehly served as GUEST ARTIST IN RESIDENCE to Belem, the capitol of the state of Para, Brazil, and a second residency in Rio de Janeiro.

Dr. Ehly received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Colorado and his Master of Music degree from George Peabody College, Nashville, Tennessee.  His Bachelor of Arts degree is from the University of Nebraska-Kearney.  Notable teachers he has studied with, in alphabetical order, are:  Jean Berger, Julius Hereford, Warner Imig, William Lynn, George Lynn, Louis Nicholas, Vincent Persichetti and Lynn Whitten.

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