Renowned Conductor Eph Ehly Returns to Conservatory

The UMKC Conservatory is delighted to announce that Conservatory Professor Emeritus of Choral Music, Eph Ehly, has graciously agreed to return to the Conservatory faculty and serve as Visiting Professor of the Raymond R. Neevel/Missouri Professorship in Choral Music during the 2019–2020 academic year.

Named ‘one of the most sought-after choral conductors/clinicians’ by The American Choral Directors Journal, Eph Ehly is renowned as a conductor, author, and lecturer. Ehly has appeared in 48 states, as well as Canada, Brazil, Japan, Mexico, and several countries throughout Europe, and presented on more than 100 college and university campuses. DCINY’s Maestro Jonathan Griffith—the recent winner of the 2014 American Prize in Conducting—comments: “Dr. Eph Ehly has been a major influence in my life, not only musically but also personally. Much of who I am today as a conductor goes back to the early days of my doctoral studies at the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and specifically with my daily contact with Dr. Ehly. It is a sincere privilege to honor this wonderful and giving musician and human being.”

After 27 years of service—and conducting more than 80 All-State Choirs, and more than 600 festival ensembles—Dr. Ehly retired from the Conservatory of Music, University of Missouri-Kansas City…More than 90 doctorate and 100 masters degree students have graduated under his supervision. He imparts a lifetime of wisdom and expertise in his popular memoir, Hogey’s Journey, published by Heritage Press, and Hal Leonard Publishing Company released a series of video master classes which feature Dr. Ehly’s philosophies in conducting and rehearsal techniques. He has received numerous important teaching awards and fellowships.

Since retiring from UMKC, Professor Ehly has served as an Interim Professor at the University of Oklahoma, Texas Christian University, the University of Oklahoma and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Welcome back!

Published: Jun 20, 2019