Meet Our Leaders
Bob Linn Executive Director
“A record of energy and accomplishment” has been used to describe Bob Linn. His demonstrated success in business is far exceeded by his record of service to others and his commitment to the development of the youth of our country.
After earning a double degree in math and physics from Indiana University, Bob spent eight years working with young people as a staff member of Campus Crusade for Christ and its affiliated group Athletes in Action. He then founded The Executive Look. Inc., a commercial service company that has generated millions of dollars in revenues.
While achieving business success, Bob continued to search for ways to develop and serve America’s youth. He found it while listening and talking to members of Mr. William W. Bogg’s youth choirs. Upon hearing the exceptional voice quality of these choirs, combined with the character instilled in the process, he became convinced this program could play an important role in developing America’s youth.
William W. Boggs Artistic Director
Our program is led by Mr. William W. Boggs, whose track record for achieving superior results includes promoting excellence in music, fostering heightened academic achievement, and effectively remediating delinquent behavior.
Repeated invitations from the White House reflects the supremacy of Mr. Boggs’ programs. One hearing of the music itself demonstrates the unusual maturity of the young voices he trains. Mr. Boggs’ abilities in the task of motivating and visioneering have proven the possibilities inherent in our youth.
His national and international awards, his premier public performances, and his impact on the social and academic values of youth have positioned him to take the mantle of national leadership.
Richard Christ Voice Development
Richard Crist has appeared in over twenty-five hundred performances nationally and internationally, including solo performances at the Metropolitan Opera. Mr. Crist’s concert appearances include the major oratorio societies and festivals throughout the United States.
For twenty years, he maintained a voice studio in New York City, where he has appeared as soloist numerous times at Carnegie, Alice Tully, and Avery Fisher Halls. Many of Mr. Crist’s former students are now working as classical and musical theater performers.
An active ensemble singer, he has appeared and recorded with the top professional ensembles in the country, including the Boston Pops, and for a number of labels including RCA, Deutsche Gramophone, and Telarc. He has also sung with many well-known soloists, including Marilyn Horne and Beverly Sills. Many outstanding conductors have employed his vocal talents, including Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Fielder, and Robert Shaw.
He has taught at the University of Oklahoma, the University of Wisconson, Ohio University, and coached the Opera Company of Boston.
DR. Eph Ehly Choral Development
Dr. Eph Ehly, one of America’s most revered choral conductors, guest-conducts in Carnegie Hall, New York City several times each year. He is Professor Emeritus at the Conservatory of Music, University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he taught for twenty-seven years.
Dr. Ehly’s awards for outstanding musicianship include the Luther Spade Choral Director of the Year Award and the Amoco Foundation Outstanding Teaching Award. He has conducted over eighty all-state choirs, and over five hundred festival ensembles.
As a lecturer, clinician, and conductor, he has appeared in forty-eight states, Canada, Brazil, Japan, Mexico, several countries throughout Europe, and presented on more than one hundred college and university campuses.
He has studied and conducted in the Soviet Union, Poland, Germany, England, Sweden, Denmark, France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, and Brazil. A research article published in the American Choral Directors Journal named Ehly as one of the most sought-after choral conductors and clinicians