Ethan Ainsworth

Ethan Ainsworth is from Hallsville, Texas. A senior undergraduate music student at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. Ethan is active in a variety of musical capacities. As a performing artist, Ethan has made regular appearances as a drum set player with the Swingin’ Axes, the premier big band at Stephen F. He has also made appearances with the “Jacks of Steel” steel band, the Orchestra of the Pines, and all 3 major wind ensembles in the School of Music. He also is a regular performer with the SFA Percussion Ensemble, and the Roarin’ Buzzsaws and The Lumberjack Marching Band, SFA’s Athletic Bands. Ethan is also active as a professional organist and choral director within the United Methodist Church. His success as a chorister culminated in his naming to the 2016 TMEA All-State Men’s Chorus. His past clerical appointments include: Associate Director of Music and Organist at Winterfield UMC, Director of Music and Organist at New London UMC, and, most recently, Organist and Artist-in-Residence at First United Methodist Church in Crockett, Texas. His improvisations and skills at the organ console can be heard weekly on the church’s television and radio broadcasts, who reach thousands across the globe. As an educator, Ethan has instructed ensembles of all sizes, ranging from individual instruction in a variety of mediums all the way to large symphonic bands. He regularly gives clinics and classes on a veritable cornucopia of subjects, and is in demand as a technician throughout East Texas. His students have seen regular success at all levels of State competitions and have accrued numerous accolades. He is also an active member of Phi Boota roota, the National Percussion Fraternity. He has held numerous chapter positions in the Beta chapter, and served as Chapter president for 2 years. He is currently the Regional Director for Region One. His professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association, The American Guild of Organists, and Phi Boota roota - The National Percussion Fraternity.