Ethan McGrath is a composer from Chattanooga, Tennessee. Among his greatest sources of influence are the English composers Ralph Vaughan Williams and Herbert Howells, as well as American composers such as Aaron Copland and Samuel Barber. Also taking a great interest in American poetry, Ethan set the words of Walt Whitman to music in his first published composition: “When lilacs last in the dooryard bloom’d”—a work that has been performed by several choirs around the country, and which Rodney Eichenberger has featured in his choral workshops and a reading session at the 2013 ACDA National Conference. In the spring of 2013, Ethan released a CD entitled An Echo from Willowwood, featuring his works for voice and piano.
Ethan earned his bachelor’s degree in composition from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he studied under composers Jonathan McNair, Roland Carter, and Mario Abril. He has also studied organ under Judy Glass at Southern Adventist University, and has served as organist at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church and First Baptist Church of Chattanooga.