Hailed as "clever, elegantly crafted and deliriously charming" (Steve Smith, Night After Night) and possessed of "a flair for colorful orchestration" (Harvey Steiman, San Francisco Classical Voice), the music of composer Ethan Wickman has been performed by the Aspen Concert Orchestra, the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony, the Newton Symphony, Zeitgeist, the Avalon String Quartet, Flexible Music, the Gryphon Trio and many other ensembles in the United States and abroad.
He has received grants and commissions from Barlow (twice), Meet the Composer, and the American Composers Forum, and was recently awarded a commission by the Wisconsin Music Teachers Association for placing first in its annual composition competition. His incidental music was featured on two episodes of the nationally broadcast PBS series Ancestors.
His orchestral work Night Prayers Ascending won the Jacob Druckman Prize at the Aspen Music Festival and was a finalist in the 25th Annual ASCAP Rudolf Nissim Orchestral Composition Competition. Another orchestral work, Les Jeunes et les Immortels, was selected for the Pioneer Valley Symphony Earshot reading sponsored by the American Composers Orchestra. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Aspen Music Festival, the Norfolk Contemporary Music Workshop at the Yale Summer School of Music, the Wellesley Composers Conference, and the Fulbright Program (for work in Madrid, Spain). Current projects include a recent composition released on the Innova label for Zeitgeist, a featured piece for violinist-composer Piotr Szewczyk's Violin Futura project, a new work for world-renowned euphoniumists Brian Bowman, Neal Corwell, Steven Meade, John Mueller and David Werden, and a CD release of Namasté by the Avalon String Quartet on the Albany Records label. Wickman is currently serving a five-year term on the board of advisors for the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at Brigham Young University.
Wickman holds a DMA in Composition from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, with additional degrees from Boston University (Master of Music) and Brigham Young University (Bachelor of Music). Formerly Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Indiana University-South Bend, he is Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire