Ruth Shaw Wylie was a flautist, pianist,
professor, and composer. During her career she composed over 50 pieces of music
including ballet, chamber, piano, choral, and orchestral works. The collection consists
of working drafts, master sheets, and performance scores of nearly all her
Ruth Shaw Wylie was a flautist, pianist, professor, and composer. She composed her first
piece, Suite for Orchestra, in 1940. During her career she composed over 50 pieces
including ballet, chamber, piano, choral, and orchestral music. From 1960-1969 she
taught music at Wayne State University where she served as Chair of the Music Department
and Head of Composition. In 1965, she founded and directed the University Improvisation
Chamber Ensemble, which performed concerts throughout the Midwest. In 1975, she won a
commission from the Michigan Council of Arts to compose a piece for the Detroit
Women's Chamber Orchestra in celebration of the nation's bicentennial.
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