Ethan Frederick Greene was born on October 10, 1982 in South Orange, New Jersey. He grew up playing trumpet under the tutelage of Calvin Hughes – former sideman to Billie Holliday and Coleman Hawkins – at the Newark School of the Arts. As a soprano in the South Orange Middle School Chorus, Ethan sang solos on such hits as “Wind Beneath my Wings,” “The SOMS School Song” and “Celebration.” After a devastating voice change, Ethan began to compose.
Ethan creates music and sound art for concert hall, gallery, stage and screen. His work explores new sonic possibilities and electronic interactivity, with a steady focus on more traditional, often pop-influenced rhythm and harmony. Ethan has received commissions from the Houston Grand Opera, the East Coast Contemporary Ensemble, Opera Southwest, the Fountain City Ensemble, line upon line percussion, and other performers and ensembles in the U.S. and abroad. He has received awards and selections from ASCAP, SEAMUS, ICMC, SCI, Boston Metro Opera (2013 Mainstage Award), Austin Peay State University (2012 Composers Competition, First Prize), and Opera Southwest (2011 Brabson Composers Competition, First Prize), and has served as an artist-in-residence at ART342. In addition, his work has appeared in galleries and performance spaces across the world, including the Anthology Film Archives (New York), the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture (Moscow), and the Blanton Museum of Art (Austin).
Ethan is an avid collaborator with visual artists, choreographers, filmmakers and video game developers. Recent collaborations include score for renowned choreographer Deboray Hay‘s Perception Unfolds, a new multimedia installation; Dream Architecture, with artist Caroline Wright; film and TV score for This American Life (Showtime), The Conspirator: the Plot to Kill Lincoln (National Geographic), and Night Sky, an experimental feature film by Alison O’Daniel; and music and sound design for videogames Spider: the Secret of Bryce Manor and Waking Mars (Tiger Style Games). In addition, Ethan produces rock, hip-hop and electronica for various artists here and there.
Ethan currently resides in Nashville, TN, where he serves as Visiting Faculty in Music (Theory, Technology, Studio Production & Film Sound) at Tennessee State University. He received his B.A. in Music from Amherst College (2004), M.Mus. in Composition from Rice University (2009), and his D.M.A. in Composition from the University of Texas at Austin (2013). Principal teachers include Russell Pinkston, Bruce Pennycook, Yevgeniy Sharlat, Arthur Gottschalk, Karim Al-Zand, Kurt Stallmann, and Eric Sawyer.