Over the weekend I thought about Fenno and sang the Gloria from his Mass, 2 beautiful settings of A.E Housman poems ("When I Was One and Twenty" and "Loveliest of Trees, the Cherry Now"), and a Dutch carol ("Er is Eeen Kindeke") that he arranged while on sabbatical in Holland in 1965-6. He had a most wonderful gift, and I am so fortunate to have shared the beauty of his music and the grace of his conducting.
I smiled over the weekend as I remembered how hard we tried to please and entertain Fenno. Most of us parted our hair in the middle just before coming on stage for one of our Christmas tour concerts, and the three upper parts droned "Fen-no, Fen-no, Fen-no, Heath" during the Switzer Boy yodel while the basses sang "Who's afraid of the big bad wolf." Perhaps these traditions have continued.
Brothers and sisters, sing on.
Greg Hayden, '68
F F Heath Jr. 12-30-1926 to 12-05-2008
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~Carol, Sarah, Lucy, Peggy, and Terry Heath