Ethan Allen joined the Detroit Symphony Orchestra as Librarian in June of 2005. A native of Riverview, MI, Allen attended Eastern Michigan University where he studied percussion with Whitney Prince and John Dorsey and received a Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance in 1999. In 2004, he received a Master of Library and Information Science degree with a Certificate in Archival Administration from Wayne State University.
Allen has served as percussion assistant for the EMU Marching Band, where he wrote percussion arrangements and helped instruct the drumline. He has also worked extensively as a freelance percussionist with orchestras throughout Southern Michigan.
Additionally, he has served as Music Librarian for the Music Department at Wayne State University and as Librarian and Principal Percussionist for the Warren Symphony Orchestra. Before being appointed his position at the DSO, Allen worked in the DSO library as Library Assistant and Interim Librarian.