Photo: Dale LaGrange
Mr. Ebell was a music copyist in New York City for many years, working on Broadway shows, films, recordings, and concerts. In that capacity, he worked for legendary composers and songwriters, including Stephen Sondheim, Kander & Ebb, Marvin Hamlisch, and Jerry Herman, and great orchestrators including Jonathan Tunick, William David Brohn, and Don Sebesky. While in New York, he wrote the score and lyrics for a dance musical, Wonderland Follies, loosely based upon the works of Lewis Carroll, which was performed at Lincoln Center's Clark Studio Theatre.
For the past decade, Mr. Ebell has volunteered his time to the Creating Original Operas program implemented at Charles Semper Elementary School, bringing his knowledge of both theatre (he was a singer-actor and studied directing many years ago) and music to help with the staging of the productions, coaching the students in songwriting, and when possible, orchestrating their original works for the student musicians to play.
In 2013, he adapted the children's book, Okapi & Beezoo, by Lisa Appleton, into a musical, and the work has been successfully performed by students at multiple elementary schools.
In 2014, Mr. Ebell began formal music studies at Metropolitan State University of Denver, where he studied composition under Dr. Fred Hess and Dr. Leanna Kirchoff, and orchestration under Grammy Award Winner R.J. Miller.
In the Winter of 2016, Mr. Ebell was commissioned by the Boulder Symphony to orchestrate three original pieces by Katie Glassman for a Pops concert, featuring Ms. Glassman and her band Snapshot. In the Spring of that year, his jazz compositions, All The Things It Ain't and Main Course were performed by members of the Metropolitan State University Big Band, featuring guest artists Ron Miles and Greg Gisbert on trumpets, and Adam Bartczak on trombone. In the Autumn, his contemporary classical composition, Interior Landscapes, was performed by the Playground Ensemble in Denver, Colorado.
In 2017, he composed a humorous piece, Hallelujah Nachtmusik in Blue, No. 5, for the Denver Public Schools combined honor orchestras. In the Spring of that year, he initiated and was the composer for a "from-the-ground-up" collaboration with four choreographers and a visual artist for a short modern ballet, Black Widow, performed in the King Center at Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Mr. Ebell is a member of ASCAP and the American Composers Forum.