The 1877-1878 season was a fallow season for the Virginia Glee Club. As in the prior year, there was a minstrel concert at the University, but no permanent group:

We take great pleasure in announcing to our readers that about the middle of December there will be given by the students, for the benefit of the Rives Boat Club, a musical entertainment in the Town Hall. We understand it will be a repetition with slight variations of the long-to-be remembered minstrel performance of last winter. Even if it were the same thing repeated, we are certain that all who were so fortunate as to be present at the minstrel performance would be delighted to attend again. But this time it is to be even better, if possible, and more strictly a musical entertainment. Our opinion of the ability of the University boys in getting up an exhibition of this sort may be a little extravagant; but we defy a professional star troupe to excel them in anything that they may undertake in this line. An immense, but select, audience will be present, and an abundance of extra benches and chairs will be added so that all may be comfortably seated. No student we hope will be so hard at work as not to attend; for, without any exception whatever, it will be the grand event of the session.[1]

An editorial in the April 1878 issue of the Virginia University Magazine noted:

We will venture to say that at the University there are more good voices and less good singing than among an equal number of vocal beings in any part of the world, as far as our geographical knowledge enables us to grope. This may seem like a paradox, but it is the simple truth; for, while individual voices of great superiority are common in all parts of College, yet, it is the rarest thing to hear a collection of fine voices singing with that concert and harmony which can alone result from practise… It is strange, indeed, that while following the time honored example of Colleges in other respects—as boating, &c, we have failed to adopt a custom which is prevalent in every College of the North—from the great institutions like Harvard and Yale, to those of the very lowest grade. And this fact appears stranger still when we consider that Glee Clubs were first started long before the war, by certain Southern students at Yale College. This College music emanated from our own South but the South owns it no more…[2]

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  1. "Collegiana". Virginia University Magazine XVI (2): 114. November 1877. https://books.google.com/books?id=YthKAAAAYAAJ&dq=%22virginia%20spectator%22%201875&pg=PA114#v=onepage&q=minstel&f=false. Retrieved 2015-08-06. 
  2. "Collegiana". Virginia University Magazine XVI (6): 376-377. March 1878. https://books.google.com/books?id=YthKAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA376#v=onepage&f=false. Retrieved 2015-08-06. 
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