Cherry and I conducted a choral concert each this past week.
I spent the day hosting the Michigan School Vocal Music Association Region C Honors Choir, 180 of the best choral singers in south eastern Michigan. I was turning off the lights in the auditorium at the same time Fenno passed away.
Three of my students were selected to sing with the state honors choirs in January, they will be numbers 312,313 and 314 in my 34 year career as a public school choral director.
Cherry is conducting the 7th, 8th and 9th grade SATB state honors choir next year. Being elected to the honor by a vote of all of the school choral directors in Michigan.
Our daughter sang with Red, Hot and Blue, Whim'n'Rhythm as an undergraduate, JE '03, and is working on a Phd in Biology at Yale. Our son sang with the Longfellows at Bowdoin, turning down mother Yale so he could sing and play hockey like his father did at Yale. He was also an all american hockey player at Bowdoin.
Cherry and I met on a Glee Club tour in the fall of 1969. We were married in October of 1971. Cherry has been a public school choral director just as long as I but with a year off for both children so only 32 years :-)
I can't imagine how many of us there are that owe a large part of our joy, our lives, and our living to Fenno.
God bless you all.
Ken Westerman, TD '71, Whiffenpoof, Spizzwink and proud member of the Yale
F F Heath Jr. 12-30-1926 to 12-05-2008
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