This is Vassar: The newsletter for Vassar College Alumnae/i and Families

In Harmony: Night Owls Alumnae Reunite

The Night Owls a cappella group has a long history, rich with traditions: they were founded all the way back in 1945 during a polio epidemic on campus. As legend has it, all students were quarantined to their dorms. One group of women decided to sneak out late at night wearing black clothes. They met to practice singing and serenade their sick classmates — and became the Night Owls. Current singers still dress in black to honor their history, and they perform at weddings, dinner parties, and benefits; they even recorded an album over spring break. They’ve invited all 178 Night Owls alumnae to campus the weekend of April 25–27 to sing original and current arrangements, exchange stories, and hold a formal concert.

April 2008


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