Frédéric Louis Ritter was a German-American composer and author.
Ritter, Frederic Louis was born on June 22, 1834 in Strasbourg, Germany.
He studied under Moritz, Hauser, and Schletterer.
In 1856 he came to the United States, resided for some years in Cincinnati, where he founded the Cecilia and Philharmonic Societies, and in 1861 moved to New York City and conducted the Sacred Harmonic Society and Arion Society. In 1867 he organized New York's first musical festival. The same year, he was appointed professor of music at Vassar College, although he didn't move to the campus in Poughkeepsie until 1874.
He received a doctorate from New York University in music in 1878. He died in Antwerp, Belgium on 6 July 1891. Albert Metcalf bought his music library and gave it to Tufts University.
Author: History of Music, 2 vols., 1870-1874. Manual of Musical History, 1886.