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Ralph Deane Shure, American composer. Member Friends of Music in Library of Congress. Washington Composers.


Shure, Ralph Deane was born on May 31, 1885 in Chillisquaque, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of George Brenton and Mary Eva (Becht) Shure.


Bachelor of Music, Oberlin College, 1907. Doctor of Music, American U., 1953, organ and compostion with D. Felix Draeseke and Doctor Alex. Wolff, Dresden, Germany, 1912-1913.

Composition with De Blois Rowe, London, England., 1915.


Director music Central, University of Iowa, 1907-1909, Clarendon (Texas) College, 1909-1919, State Teachers College, Indiana, Pennsylvania 1919-1921, American U. Washington, 1921-1925, Mount Vernon Place Methodist Episcopal Church, Washington, since 1921, now minister music emeritus. Chapel named in his honor.


  • Other Work

    • Composer: Through Palestine (suite for organ), 1925. Lyric Washington (piano), 1926. Symphony Northern 2, Circles of Washington, played by National Symphony Orchestra, 1935.

      Berkie Symphony Northern 3, played by National Symphony Orchestra, 1937. American Symphony Northern 4, played by Rochester Orchestra, 1938. Choric Symphony Northern 5, played by Harrisburg (Pennsylvania) Symphony Orchestra, 1938.

      Symphony Northern 6, played by Marine Symphony Orchestra, 1939. Flax Spinner, played by NBC Symphony Orchestra, 1941. Logan Circle, played by Stokowski Youth Orchestra, 1940.

      Chesapeake Suite for English Horn and Strings, played by National Gallery Orchestra, 1952. Twelve Disciples of Christ (organ), 1966 (world premier National Gallery of Art Symphony Orchestra 1968). Nativity Carol and the Galilean Easter Carol (sung on world-wide radio broadcast by Mormon Tabernacle Choir, The Heldeberg College Choir, South Africa, Tokyo College Choir, Japan, also Voice of America in France, The Netherlands, Germany).

      Setting of Palm 121 (World premiere, massed choirs Washington 1973). Circles of Washington, 1975. This is America, 1975.

      Public over 150 compositions for organ, piano and voice.


When anybody starts to follow the way of Jesus, it means to share his relationship with God as Father.


A believer should support social climates, in which human communities are maintained and strengthened for the sake of all persons and their growth.


Just as a human body contains different limbs and organs that depend on each other, so members of a Christian society should be close and caring enough to feel each other's pain and delight.


Member Friends of Music in Library of Congress. Washington Composers.


Married Hazel E. Towne, April. Children: Ralph George, Mary Bertha.

George Brenton Shure

Mary Eva (Becht) Shure

Hazel E. Towne

Ralph George Shure

Mary Bertha Shure