Fenno Heath (December 30, 1926 in Hampton, Virginia – December 5, 2008) was an American composer and conductor, noted for his 39-year stint as conductor of the Yale Glee Club and for his arrangements of songs for men's voices.
Heath was a graduate of Newport News High School and attended the Loomis School before enrolling in Yale University. He graduated from Yale in 1950, after serving in the United States Army during World War II. During his tenure as an undergraduate, he conducted the Apollo Glee Club and sang with the Yale Glee Club, the Spizzwinks and the Whiffenpoofs. He received a bachelors and masters in music from the Yale School of Music, studying under Paul Hindemith. He became the first Marshall Bartholomew Professor of Choral Conducting at Yale.
In the 1970s, the Virginia Glee Club performed Heath's arrangement of "Death Be Not Proud" during the European Tour (1975) and the Openings Concert (1973); during the John Liepold era, his arrangement of "This Train" was performed often. His arrangement of "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child" was also often performed and was recorded on the Glee Club album 1968 Concerts.
Compositions and arrangements[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- "Fenno Heath Obituary". Hartford Courant. 2008-12-08. https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/hartfordcourant/obituary.aspx?n=fenno-follansbee-heath&pid=121246699. Retrieved 2020-05-21.