About Ethan


Ethan Boxley was born in 1996 and is a third year composition major at the Bienen School of Music Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. He graduated from Fossil Ridge High School, Fort Collins, CO. Ethan’s been playing the piano since he was 4 and composing since he was 8. Ethan likes to make music with friends, write, play video games, hike and is an Eagle Scout.

Ethan is currently studying composition with Hans Thomalla at the Bienen School. He has studied composition previously with Cherise Leiter, Professor of Music Theory and Composition at Metropolitan State University of Denver and RJ Miller, NARAS, ASCAP, Professor of Orchestration Scoring for Film and Television at Metropolitan State University of Denver. He studies piano with Kahn Walsh at the Bienen School. He previously studied piano with Mary Ann Ranney in Fort Collins from 2000 – 2014.

Despite his young age Ethan has already won a number of composition competitions with a varied portfolio. In 2009 his piano quintet Wayfarer won the Colorado MTNA Junior Division and placed second in the region. It was performed at the MTNA winners’ recital. In 2010 his wind quartet Character Suite won the Colorado MTNA Junior Division and took third-place in the National MTNA Junior Division. In 2011 Ethan’s Fanfare for Home won the Fort Collins Symphony’s statewide, young composers(age 25 and under) fanfare competition and was premiered and recorded by the Fort Collins Symphony at the Fort Collins Symphony Youth Education Series. In 2013 his Crisis in the Hallway for piano, clarinet, flute and violoncello was performed at the 2013 Colorado Composers’ Concert. His double-bass quintet won honorable mention for the Colorado MTNA Senior Division also in 2013.

Ethan has won honors with his piano performance. He was selected to play in the final recital of the Loveland Friends of Chamber Music piano competition in 2010 with a performance of Minuet I, II and the Gigue from Bach’s Partita in Bb. In 2012 he was invited by the Loveland Friends of Chamber Music to perform The Harmonious Blacksmith by Handel for their Midwinter concert where the chamber players played the Ludwig Spoehr Octet in E minor, based in part on the Blacksmith theme. More recently he performed original underscore piano improvisation for the Fossil Ridge High School production of Metamorphosis by Mary Zimmerman in November 2013.