I am sad that in the years since Yale I did not take the time to say once again how very much you and your music have enriched my life. Listing the ways is like sorting a handful of sand – there are so many grains, I can’t capture them.
Here is some of what you gave me:
Franz Biebl’s Ave Maria
Randall Thompson’s Alleluia
Johannes Brahm’s Requiem
Fenno Heath’s Fern Hill
Some of my best friends and my best memories
A part in the history of the Yale Glee Club, and a tiny voice in your great song of life
“And as I was green and carefree, famous among the barns
About the happy yard and singing as the farm was home,
In the sun that is young once only,
Time let me play and be
Golden in the mercy of his means.”
I am a better singer because of you.
I am a better person because of you.
The world is more full of life and music because of you, Fenno.
You are immortal in music, in the lives of all who knew and sang with you, and in my heart. Alleluia.
-Kathryn Haines ‘93
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