Ethan’s interest in music education began in 2012 when he started working at The Music Room, a small business music store in Palatine, IL. It was there that he gained the skills and knowledge to be able to repair fretted instruments. Ethan also had the opportunity to teach guitar and ukulele group classes to students of all ages. A couple years later, Ethan was offered the position as a Private Instructor and taught private voice, piano, guitar, and ukulele lessons to over 20 students! None of this would’ve happened without the help of his teachers at William Fremd High School, where he participated in multiple choral and jazz ensembles, ILMEA Honors All-State, and was named “Senior of the Year” from the music department.

Ethan’s collegiate career began at William Harper College where he received his Associate’s in Fine Arts with an Emphasis in Music in 2016. During his time at Harper, he studied voice with Professor Susan Lundholm and piano with Dr. Janice Razaq. After one year at Harper, Ethan decided to create and direct the Harper A Capella ensemble, an a capella ensemble open to everyone on campus. He was also a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society and the Harper Honors Program. When Ethan graduated, he was awarded the Harley Chapman Music Scholarship and the “Excellence in the Discipline” award in the area of music.

Ethan finished all of his coursework at Millikin University and is currently looking forward to starting his student teaching at Glenbard East High School with Brandon Catt in the Fall of 2018. After that, he will receive his Bachelor’s in Music Education with a Vocal Emphasis. During his time at Millikin, he studied voice with Dr. Amy Fuller, piano with Dr. Silvan Negrutiu, and organ with Dr. Bruce Gibbons. Ethan also successfully auditioned into the University Choir, the Dissonance a capella group, the Blu Bop vocal jazz ensemble, and the One Voice vocal jazz ensemble. Ethan served as the Secretary for Millikin’s NAfME (National Association for Music Education) chapter and AfAMM (Alliance for Active Music Making) chapter. He also served as the Treasurer for the Millikin Piano Club. To help further excel with his conducting and teaching, Ethan became the Assistant Conductor for the Millikin Men ensemble and the Opera Workshop class. During his last semester, he was accepted to be a member of Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honors Society and Pi Lambda Theta Education Honors Society. Ethan also was the recipient of the Dr. Maria Klott Memorial Award.

First piece of music that had a profound effect on me: “The Awakening” by Joseph M. Martin. It is a song that I sang every year for our last choir concert at Fremd. It is in remembrance of the past choir director at Fremd, Robert Green, who passed away.

Music teacher who inspired me the most: My high school voice teacher, Linda Straub, has always been dedicated 100% to all her students and that is a commendable philosophy that I want to live up to.

How I am making the world a better place: My job as a music educator is to pass on the passion I have for music to all of my students. Their passion will drive their musical ability and music appreciation.

Favorite quote about music:  “Where words fail, music speaks.” – Hans Christian Andersen