William C. (Bill) Boehm, Founding Director, started The Singing Angels in 1964 to promote the action and joy of singing good music, particularly amongst children. He holds a Master's Degree in Dramatic Arts from Western Reserve University. Bill was the first staging director of Cleveland Music Carnival Arena theatre, starring in Herman Pirchner's Alpine Village, and had more than 5,000 personal stage appearances. Other highlights of Bill's career have included appearances as soloist with the Cleveland Symphony Pops Concerts; Singing Star of Chicago Theatre of the Air and tenor lead in the NBC-TV production of "Macbeth." In 1977, he was a awarded the prestigious Ohio State Governor's Award "for excellence of achievement benefiting mankind and improving the quality of life for all Ohioans." Bill was a Captain in the Infantry in World War II and is a past President of the Rotary Club of Cleveland.
Today, he no longer needs to arrange the choreography and plan the notes, because he can rest knowing that his creation is thriving and poised for even greater achievements. In recent years, he has transitioned out of that highly visible position and worked increasingly on longer-term projects. For instance, sitting on the committee that, with the help of expert non-profit consultants, he forged the group's Long Range Strategic Plan; approved by the Board of Directors in November 2002. The group dedicated much of its 40th Anniversary Season to his unique contribution to Cleveland and, indeed, the world. A special ceremony during the Spring Benefit Concert featured alumni from each decade of the group paying moving tributes to him. And the group also recently created The Singing Angels William C. Boehm Endowment Fund to provide long-term funding so that future generations of young people can benefit from his vision.
Though he is entering a new phase of his life, Mr. Boehm will always be remembered as the "Founding Director" of The Singing Angels, and will hold the status of "Director Emeritus" in honor of his great past achievements and contributions. And though Mr. Boehm is no longer involved in the operations of the group - whose artistic mission is being carried out under the guidance of Executive Director Robin Johnson (Angel Alumna), Artistic Director Charles Eversole (Angel alumnus), Reserve Chorus Music Director Heather Liuzzo (Angel alumna), along with the group's other trained music educators as part of the group's strategic plan - his values and the lessons learned from him, will continue to guide and teach all of those who are a part of this organization.
His past contributions to, and leadership of, this community treasure have educated and trained another generation about what it takes to make a success of this very special group and to support the hundreds of young people each year who take part. That generation of alumni – passionate in their conviction as to the value of The Singing Angels as a community asset – has stepped up to accept the "passing of the baton" from Mr. Boehm in order to ensure that future generations of Greater Cleveland can continue to Make Music, Make Friends, and Make a Difference with Cleveland’s own The Singing Angels.
Mr. Boehm now lives in Boise, ID. Feel free to send him a note about how The Singing Angels has impacted your life.
Mr. William C. Boehm
Spring Creek Manor
175 East Calderwood Drive, Apt. 2
Meridian, ID 83642