Ernest Ebell

Composer, Arranger, Orchestrator

The Sword in the Bone premiered on October 3rd!

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Photo: Alyson McClaran

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.

Mr. Ebell graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in music composition from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2017. While there, he studied Composition with Dr. Fred Hess, Dr. Leanna Kirchoff, and Prof. Cherise Leiter, Jazz Composition with Adam Bartczak, and Orchestration with Grammy Award winner R.J. Miller.

While at MSU, his jazz compositions, All The Things It Ain't and Main Course were performed by the Metropolitan State University Big Band, featuring guest artists Ron Miles and Greg Gisbert on trumpets, and Adam Bartczak on trombone. He also 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. His final composition was Eu Son Alianor (I Am Eleanor), a work using material from Hildegarde von Bingen and Bernart de Ventadorn, and performed by the Playground Ensemble.

He has adapted two children’s books by author Lisa Appleton, Okapi & Beezoo (2013) and The Sword in the Bone (2019), creating children’s musicals from them. The works have been successfully performed at multiple elementary schools in the Denver area.

Mr. Ebell has written orchestrations for the Colorado Symphony Orchestra (in collaboration with the bands Tracksuit Wedding and La Fiebre del Sabor) in Denver, and the Boulder Symphony (with Katie Glassman and Snapshot) in Boulder, Colorado. He also composed a humorous piece, Hallelujah Nachtmusik in Blue, No. 5, for the Denver Public Schools combined honor orchestras.

In 2018, he was honored to have his contemporary classical composition, Interior Landscapes, performed by the Playground Ensemble in the Colorado Composers Concert 12.

Mr. Ebell is a member of ASCAP and the American Composers Forum.