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October 9, 1981

Inviting all former music majors to campus, the music department celebrated the 50th anniversary of Skinner Hall with a series of lectures and concerts.

The celebration began with a public conversation among Austrian-American composer and former Vassar professor (1939-1942) Ernst Krenek, Professor of Music Richard Wilson and Professor of Music on the George Sherman Dickinson Chair Robert Middleton. In the evening, the music faculty offered a program of Krenek’s works. On Saturday, the 10th, faculty and alumnae gave four half-hour presentations on musical subjects, followed by a panel discussion on “Vocations in Music” and two “informal musicales” in Skinner: one featuring alumnae/i and the other faculty performers.

An alumnae/i choir performed at the Sunday morning Chapel service, and an afternoon concert in Skinner by the Vassar College Choir and the Madrigal Singers, conducted by James I. Armstrong, brought the celebration to a close.

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