“A glee club was organized under the leadership of Professor Frederick Ritter, Director of the School of Music.  The year of the club’s establishment was marked by a visit…by Walter Damrosch, then in his early twenties.  He came to play the organ in the old chapel, and dedicated a madrigal of his own composition to the ‘Young Ladies of Vassar College.’ A joint concert of the combined banjo and glee clubs was held in 1890, the first event of its kind at Vassar.”     Homer Pearson, Vassar College Choir and Glee Club