Curtis Institute of Music, Master of Music, Class of 2024
Carnegie Mellon University, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Class of 2022
Ethan Marmolejos is a tubist originally from Watchung, New Jersey. Having started playing the tuba at the age of twelve, his early studies were with Joseph Eggebeen. Ethan earned his bachelor’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University, where he studied with Craig Knox of the Pittsburgh Symphony. He is currently working on his master’s degree at the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studies with Craig Knox and Paul Krzywicki, formerly of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
As an orchestral musician, Ethan has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Symphony in C, National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic, and Curtis Symphony Orchestra. This summer, he will perform as the tuba fellow with the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado. Ethan has been a regular finalist in professional orchestra auditions, and he hopes to one day become a professional orchestral tubist and teacher.
What is something interesting that people may not know about you?
I like to practice yo-yo tricks in my free time, so if you see me in-person feel free to ask about my yo-yo-ing. I usually carry a yo-yo around with me, so I’d be happy to show you some tricks!
Name three of your favorite composers:
Johann Sebastian Bach, Anton Bruckner, Johannes Brahms
When taking a break from music-making, what is your favorite thing to do?
I like to go on walks around my neighborhood or do some reading.
What are you most looking forward to this summer with the NRO?
I hope to learn how to better blend my tuba sound with the sound of the whole orchestra and how to keep up with a busy, densely packed orchestral schedule.