He exuded the joy and magic of making music together and has instilled that love in so many of us. As many have said, it’s impossible to find words to describe the profound impact he had on so many people. All we can do is to be grateful for being lucky enough to have known him and to say ‘thank you’ to his family for having shared him with so many of us.
One of my many fond memories is of simply watching the incredible energy he put into conducting every day, which always brought out the best in the group; even if you were tired or had an exam, how could you NOT give your all when Fenno was doing just that. I remember watching from the audience one time on a tour (while sick). Watching Fenno from behind -- kneeling on the ground to get the group to be pianissimo, and then jumping to the ceiling to get the group to be forte -- was in some ways more entertaining than listening to the glorious music that was being performed.
Fenno was larger than life and will live on forever in our hearts and in the glorious music he created. May he rest in peace.
Lots of love to Carol and the rest of the family.
Rita Helfand ’83