Dear Fenno and Carol,
Your life and music have touched us all. Memories for me of you, Fenno, consist (in one word) of joy - unbridled joy, enthusiasm, inspiration, and love, for your students, your colleagues, your family, and for the Yale Glee Club - sharing with us the transcendent power of choral music.
Song, in the history of mankind probably occurred before language developed. We choral directors may intuitively understand this, spending our lives with our loves: our choirs -- devoted to the art of expressing emotion through song, nurturing within them a community of kindred spirits.
It is the projection of emotion that is at the heart of song. And Fenno, there has been no one better than you in tapping our joyful, life-affirming emotions.
Your glorious "triple-forte major chords at the top of everyone's range" spirituals, your rich compositions (HGC sings your exquisite setting of Blake's Little Lamb this year), and your gift for sharing with generations of Yale Singers -- your joy, and your emotional connection of the music with them, inspires a circle of love that enfolds you, and us, for ever.
F F Heath Jr. 12-30-1926 to 12-05-2008
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Thank you. Your letters bring us joy.
~Carol, Sarah, Lucy, Peggy, and Terry Heath