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Ferde Grofe, American composer, conductor. Member American Society of Composers.


Grofe, Ferde was born on March 27, 1892 in New York City. Son of Emil and Elsa Johanna (Bierlich) von Grofe.


Educated primary school, Los Angeles. Private school in Germany. St. Vincents, Los Angeles.

Early musical training by his mother, his grandfather, Bernhardt Bierlich (1st cellist Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra), and by his uncle, Julius Bierlich (concertmaster of same orchestra). Studied harmony and counterpoint with C. E. Pemberton at University of Southern California. Studied piano with Homer Grunn, Los Angeles, and Herman Wasserman, New York City.

Orchestra scores with Maestro Pietro Floridia of New York City. Doctor of Music, Illinois Wesleyan University, 1946.


Orchestra conductor on radio programs. Made personal appearances as conductor at Hollywood Bowl, Lewisohn Stadium, Gershwin Memorial Program, Robin Hood Dell (Philadelphia), Carnegie Hall Concerts (1937-1938), New York World’s Fair (Ford Exhibit, Novachord Ensemble, 1939-1940).


  • Other Work

    • Authors and Publishers, Phi Mu Alpha.


Member American Society of Composers.; Clubs: National Travel, New York Athletic. Mason (K.T., 32 degree, Shriner).

Compositions: Tabloid Suite, Mississippi Suite, March for Americans, Grand Canyon Suite, Kentucky Derby, Knute Rochne, Three Shades of Blue Suite, Christmas Eve, An American Biography (based on the life of Henry Ford), Ode to the Star Spangled Banner, Cafe Society Ballet, Ode to Freedom, Trylon and Perisphere, Symphony in Steel, Wheels Suite, Hollywood Suite, Blue Flame, Ruby” from Jewel Tones, Miss Mischief, Free Air, Templed Hills, 1941.


Married Ruth Harriet MacGloan, May 11, 1929.; married second, Anna May Lempton, January 12, 1952. Children: Ferdinand Rudolf, Junior.

Emil Grofe

Elsa Johanna (Bierlich) Grofe

Ruth Harriet MacGloan

Anna May Lempton

Ferdinand Rudolf Grofe

Jr Grofe