ETHAN AHMAD 26, born in Houston, Texas, is a graduate certificate candidate at USC's Thornton School of Music, where he studies with Joseph Pereira and James Babor. After earning a bachelor's degree from USC, Mr. Ahmad continued on to The Juilliard School to study with Greg Zuber and earn his master's degree. Mr. Ahmad currently holds percussion and timpani positions with both the Young Musicians Foundation's Debut Orchestra and the American Youth Symphony, and has performed as an extra musician with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Santa Barbara Symphony. As an alumnus of Tanglewood Music Center, Texas Music Festival, and Round Top Festival Institute, Ethan Ahmad is excited for his first summer at the Music Academy of the West!