A lifelong musician, Duane taught trumpet lessons in high school and college, and played for four years with the Tulsa Philharmonic Orchestra. From the mid 1970s to 2012 Duane also directed the choir at the Church of the Cross – PCUSA and also founded and directed a contemporary band at the church.
Duane and his wife Chris have three children who grew up in music as well. The Fenn’s son, Matt, sang a “Little Drummer Boy” solo as a nine year old in New Tradition’s inaugural holiday show in 1982. Among his many musical credits, Duane sang in several quartets at New Tradition, including two district champion quartets, Lakeside Edition (2004) and Rush Street (2008). These quartets qualified as international finalists five times. Duane arranged the four part harmony tracks for the movie “Dog Jack” and Rush Street sang the harmony voice-overs in the movie. Duane currently sings in the quartet "Vantage Point" and appeared again on the International stage in July of 2016..
Duane states “as the newly hired director of Cape Chorale, I hope to help the chorus leadership achieve their goals to be an entertaining chorus that engages men in the greater Fort Myers area to tap into their vocal talents and provide a musical product that delights audiences”
Under our new name, the Gulf Coast Harmonizers is indeed fortunate to have an opportunity to work under this seasoned and highly credentialed director. Welcome aboard Duane! We are delighted to have you lead us into the future building on the fine work of the directors who have gone before you.