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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