Ethan-conducting-croppedEthan Gans-Morse is a critically-acclaimed composer, producer, and ensemble director based in Oregon. He is best known for composing and producing the opera The Canticle of the Black Madonna, which The Oregonian called “A huge achievement… generous, carefully crafted and supremely compassionate,” and which Oregon ArtsWatch hailed as “One of the most exciting developments of the arts season.” Upcoming commissions include a new opera for Cascadia Concert Opera in Eugene, Oregon and a large symphonic work for the Rogue Valley Symphony in Southern Oregon. Ethan is the Executive Director of Anima Mundi Productions and the founder of the Ambrosia Ensemble. His works have been heard around the US, in Mexico, Italy, Taiwan, and South Africa, and have been performed by numerous ensembles, including the Portland Vocal Consort (winner of the 2010 Composer Competition), Chorus Austin, the American Creators Ensemble, the Quartetto Indaco, the Fireworks Ensemble, the Firebird Wind Trio, and the Eugene Contemporary Chamber Ensemble; his music has been presented at numerous concert series, including the highSCORE Festival in Pavia, Italy, the Instrumenta Oaxaca Festival in Oaxaca, Mexico, the Music Today Festival, the Vanguard Concert Series, the Oregon Composers Forum, the Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium, and the Ashland Winter Fine Arts Festival. Ethan’s work brings together his love of Renaissance and Baroque music with his passion for new, socially relevant works of art that inspire a sense of human connection. He holds a master’s degree in music composition from the University of Oregon and a bachelor’s degree in music and linguistics from Macalester College.