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Ethan F. Wickman

Dr. Ethan F. Wickman

Assistant Professor of Music

DMA, University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music
Mus.M., Boston University
BM, Brigham Young University

Academic Areas: music theory, 20th-century techniques, applied composition.

Dr. Ethan F. Wickman
131 Haas Fine Arts Center
Music & Theatre Arts Department
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004

Phone: 715/836-4172

Ethan Wickman joined the faculty of UW-Eau Claire in the fall of 2006 as Assistant Professor of Music in the Department of Music and Theatre Arts where he teaches music theory and applied composition. He holds a Doctorate in Music Composition from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music where his principle teachers were Joel Hoffman, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, and Michael Fiday, with additional degrees in music from Boston University and Brigham Young University. Dr. Wickman was formerly Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Indiana University South Bend.

With works hailed as "very, very exciting . . . with a lot of color and dynamic impact," (Bernard Rubenstein, Music Director, Fargo-Moorhead Symphony), and possessed of "a flair for colorful orchestration" (Harvey Steiman, San Francisco Classical Voice), composer Ethan Wickman's music has been performed by such groups as the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony, the Aspen Concert Orchestra, Flexible Music, Proteus, the Gryphon Trio, and the CCM Philharmonia, and by performers such as violinists Bayla Keyes and Piotr Szewczyk, pianist Ananda Sukarlan, cellist Sumire Kudo, and guitarist Daniel Lippel, among others. He has received commissions from Barlow, The American Composers Forum and the Mostly Modern Chamber Music Society. His incidental music was featured on select episodes of the nationally broadcast PBS series Ancestors. His orchestral work Night Prayers Ascending won the Jacob Druckman Prize for Orchestral Music at the Aspen Music Festival, and was a finalist in the 25 th Annual ASCAP Rudolf Nissim Orchestral Composition Competition. He is the recipient of grants and fellowships from Fulbright, the Aspen Music Festival, the Norfolk Contemporary Music Workshop/Yale Summer School of Music, the Wellesley Composers Conference, and co-recipient of an Artist Grant from the Utah Arts Council. He has additionally participated in masterclasses and lessons with Christopher Rouse, Augusta Read Thomas, Joan Tower, George Tsontakis, Mario Davidovsky, and Antón García Abril while a Fulbright Fellow in Madrid, Spain.  

"Portals and Passages," recenty released CD from Albany Records, features music written for solo piano by Dr. Ethan Wickman and performed by pianist Dr. Nicholas Phillips.  See the full story by the University News Bureau and read a review of the CD in the New York Times online.

Related Links:
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  • MUSI 141/142 Elementary Theory - Written & Aural
  • MUSI 146/147 Intermediate Theory - Written & Aural
  • MUSI 246/247 Advanced Theory - Written & Aural
  • MUSI 170/370 Applied Music-Composition

Audio Excerpts of Compositions by Ethan Wickman:

Corrida! - performed by the UW-Eau Claire Wind Symphony
Exhileration; Reconciliation from the string quartet Namasté - performed by the Avalon String Quartet
Forbidden Parallels - performed by Nicholas Phillips, piano
Inside the Hubble Toolbox, Mvt. III. Imagining the Imaging Spectrograph - performed by Nicholas Phillips, piano