Boe attended Saint Olaf College during his undergraduate years, and he later studied with Arthur Poister at Syracuse University. As a Fulbright scholar, he studied with Helmut Walcha, and later with Gustav Leonhardt.
He is most notable for his work as a pedagogue, having trained a large number of organists during his time at Oberlin. Shortly after his study with Walcha, he was appointed to the organ faculty at Oberlin, from which he retired in 2008. Boe commissioned organ-builder John Brombaugh"s first major instrument, Opus 4 in Lorain, Ohio, and has always been keenly interested in historical performance and early temperaments.
He was interviewed on the nationally televised program The Wind at One"s Fingertips.
Since 1962 Boe has taught hundreds of organists at Oberlin, including fellow Oberlin faculty member James David Christie. He retired in May 2008 after 46 years of teaching.
Trustee Westfield Center, 2000—2006. Chairman scholarship committee Presser Foundation, 2002—2009. Director music, organist First Lutheran Church, Lorain, Ohio, 1962—2002.
Member of National Association Schools Music (trustee, secretary 1981-1987), Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Kappa Lambda (national president 1986-1990).
Married Sigrid North, July 23, 1961. Children: Stephen, Eric.