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Alumnus brings his student musicians to Fenn
Posted 02/03/2014 12:00AM

Fenn alumni count among their ranks some very talented artists and musicians. One of them, John Herrick Littlefield ’64, is a renowned flautist who made his Carnegie Recital Hall debut when he was nineteen. John has toured extensively throughout the United States and the former Soviet Union with a variety of ensembles. On a recent January day he brought a group of young string players to Concord from the Dwight-Englewood School in New Jersey, where John is the chair of the music department. They made a special stop at Fenn while the ensemble, called StringJam, is on a regional tour.
John, who is originally from Maine, toured the campus and reunited with visiting former faculty member Mark Biscoe, who ran John’s dorm back when Fenn had boarders. John joined the audience while StringJam offered four pieces, including one composed by Dwight-Englewood music faculty member Diego Garcia, who performed with the group in the Meeting Hall. They included Bach’s Concerto in A Minor, BWV 1041 and Summer from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons.

John’s memories of Fenn include playing the flute with David Huston while a fifth grader and serving as one of two flautists in the Fenn Band. He admits, however, that he began playing the flute prior to attending Fenn “in the hopes of being able to sit next to or near a particular little blonde haired girl,” with whom, alas, he did not get to play in a musical ensemble until he was in high school.

John’s wife, Karen, is a concert pianist, and the couple performs together and with The Herrick Ensemble, comprised of flute, clarinet, harp, piano, and string quintet. It has toured extensively.

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