Edward A.'Ted' Shure's Biography
“Edward Arthur" Ted Shure was named Artistic Director of the Master Singers Chorale of Northeast Ohio, in August of 2018, succeeding the retiring Founder and Artistic Director of 17 years, Dr. J. D. Goddard. Appointed in August of 2004, Mr. Shure is also the Director of the Cuyahoga Falls Community Chorus, a group that averages around 20 concerts per season. His debut performance with the Cuyahoga Falls Community Chorus was for President George W. Bush during his historic visit to Cuyahoga Falls in 2004. Since then the Chorus has performed all across Northeast Ohio, from the John S. Knight Center during Akron's Holiday Tree Festival, to Playhouse Square in Cleveland. The Chorus has appeared on television, performed for numerous civic events, and it sings the National Anthem annually at the Akron Rubber Ducks baseball games.
Mr. Shure is also the Artistic Director of Shure Studios where he teaches advanced piano and voice. Throughout his career Mr. Shure has conducted numerous choral organizations around the country, including the Winston-Salem Symphony Chorale, various church ensembles, and community choruses.
Among his many leadership roles with local choruses, Mr. Shure assisted Dr. Hugh Floyd on numerous occasions as a rehearsal conductor for the Akron Symphony Chorus; and he was Music Director for the Chagrin Valley Choral Union and the Stow Chamber Orchestra Chorus. Mr. Shure also served as bass section leader for both the Akron Symphony Chorus and for Summit Choral Society’s Masterworks Chorale.
Mr. Shure received a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. His primary piano teacher was his father, renowned performing artist and teacher Leonard Shure (who once taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Cleveland Music School Settlement, in addition to appearing as soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra on numerous occasions). While at the Conservatory, Mr. Shure studied choral conducting with Lorna Cooke DeVaron, voice with Mark Pearson, and composition and music history from Daniel Pinkham.
Mr. Shure is a regular adjudicator for various competitions and festivals throughout Northeast Ohio and around the country, and he gained significant knowledge in both teaching and performing through his participation in master classes and chamber music classes with such acclaimed musicians as Joseph Gingold, Dorothy DeLay, Leonard Shure, Menahem Pressler, Andre Watts, Gabriel Chodos, Russell Sherman, Randall Thompson, and Benjamin Zander.
Mr. Shure performed as an orchestra pianist with the New Mexico and the Savannah Symphony Orchestras. He also founded and performed in chamber music series with the Greensboro (NC), New Mexico, Savannah, and Shreveport (LA) Symphony Orchestras. As a rehearsal accompanist, Mr. Shure worked with such distinguished conductors as Claudio Abbado, Robert Shaw, Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, Antal Dorati, Randall Thompson, and Sir Andrew Davis. Mr. Shure currently serves as accompanist for the choirs at Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy, under the direction of Jennifer Moore.
Mr. Shure has served as a volunteer for numerous organizations locally and nationally. He is entering his sixth year as President of the Summit Christian School Board Of Education where, among other things, he has overseen a transition in the administrative leadership team, record growth and enrollment, and the purchase of a new home for the school. Additionally he is the East Central District Coordinator for MTNA’s Composition Competition.
Mr. Shure is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, Music Teachers National Association, Steinway Educators Partnership, and the Cuyahoga Falls Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Shure plays and teaches on Steinway pianos.
Mr. Shure accompanies the choir and plays on the worship team at Grace Baptist Church of Kent (OH), and plays piano on the worship team at Summer Street Church on Nantucket Island (MA). He is a professional photographer, a swimmer, and a flight simulation pilot.
Mr. Shure lives and works in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, with his wife, Gina, and their daughter, Kathryn.