A founding member of ETHEL, Ralph Farris (Artistic Director, Viola) is a Grammy-nominated arranger, an original Broadway orchestra member of The Lion King and the former musical director for The Who’s Roger Daltrey. He has worked with Leonard Bernstein, Martin Scorsese, Depeche Mode, Natalie Merchant, Harry Connick Jr., Allen Ginsberg, Yo-Yo Ma, and Gorillaz. A three-time Tanglewood Fellow and a graduate of Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Ralph earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The Juilliard School, earning the school’s William Schuman Prize. He has received composition commissions from NYU’s Aquila Theatre, flute/marimba visionaries Lawler + Fadoul, dance mavericks Monkeyhouse, and Las Vegas darlings Jarrett & Raja.