A MEMORIAL SERVICE WAS HELD ON SAT. MARCH 28TH, 2009 AT BATTELL CHAPEL, Yale University, at 3:00pm. All were cordially invited. Over 800 in attendance! DVD available through the Yale Glee Club office.

Service details: Tom Murray, University Organist, started the prelude 20 minutes before the 3 p.m. service began. There were performances by The Yale Glee Club, The Yale Alumni Chorus, The Whiffenpoofs of 2009, The SLOT's, and The University Glee Club of New Haven. A magnificent, and humbling, tribute.

Contributions in memory of Fenno may be sent to the
North Congregational Church P.O. Box 307 New Hartford CT 06057.

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~Carol, Sarah, Lucy, Peggy, and Terry Heath

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Fenno-isms Galore

with love,
Michele Yanow

Heath, The Greatest of These is Love:
Fenno: “I was having you do something you shouldn’t do” YGCer: “Breathe?”
F: “G-ddamn sewing circle and bridge club!”
F: (on the final page) “Make it crunch.”

Brahms, Make Thou In Me, God
“I’m not sick, I’m just in love. That’s a song. You had to be there.”
“Choke, sneeze and have general disarray.”
(At the andante) “Ah, the fig leaf movement.”
“Don’t be a bass, be a singer!”
“Legato, luscious…I never said that before in my life.”

Messaien, O Sacr um Convivium
”Begin, basses and friends, fat like me!”

Berlioz, Requiem
(To first tenors): “You’re all naked there. Let’s add the altos, just for fun.”
“I didn’t come here to insult you.”
“That crescendo was almost loud.”
“Strangest music I’ve ever heard.”
(At the Rex Tremendae) “This is the dumbest music ever written.”
(At the Lacrymosa): “Only Berlioz would write this.”

Heath (arr.), This Train
“You sound like the East Cupcake Jr. High Marching Band!”
“I have the most wonderful upbeat in the world.”


  1. Michelle --

    I'm glad you found these -- my list of classic Fenno-isms is not at hand. Another one of my favorites was "I gave it to her last night...perfectly". (He meant the pitch, of course!) And the classic line, when we would be having difficulty with Booth or The Greatest of These is Love, "who wrote this, anyway? What were they thinking?"

    Lily Giordano '90, member of the back row knitting club

  2. So, where is the Fennoism that gets the most raucous response....."As Robert Shaw said ________" Fill in the blanks!

    Kem Edwards '49