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Department of Music


Concert Choir

Director, Linda Tedford


Concert Choir performs a wide variety of choral repertoire, performing on-campus, in the greater Harrisburg area, and on annual tours, both regionally and abroad.  Auditions are open to all Messiah College students, regardless of major.


Listen to the Concert Choir's most recent recordings, "True Light" and "Anticipation!"


Choral Arts Society

Director, Linda Tedford


Choral Arts Society is a collaborative ensemble, consisting both of Messiah College students and members of the local community.  This ensemble performs a major work from the choral literature each spring.


Women's Ensemble

Director, Dr. Rachel Cornacchio


Women's Ensemble is an all-female vocal ensemble, open to music majors and non-majors alike.  This choir performs a variety of repertoire, ranging from the Renaissance to the present day.  Women's Ensemble performs both on the Christmas Concert and Spring Concert.


Men's Ensemble

Director, Linda Tedford


Men's Ensemble is an all-male vocal ensemble. This choir rehearses once a week, and performs two concerts each school year.  Men's Ensemble is open to all majors.



One College Ave

Director, Elaine Henderson

One College Ave is a select vocal ensemble, comprised of music majors and non-majors, that performs a variety of contemporary music.  Ranging from arrangement of jazz tunes to ballads from musicals, One College Ave combines modern singing with on-stage performance.  The ensemble performs both on campus and off campus at a variety of events.


Chamber Singers

Director, Linda Tedford

Chamber Singers is a small, select vocal ensemble, comprised of members of the Concert Choir.  This ensemble performs both on and off campus and studies advanced repertoire.




Photo credit: Chris McAtee

Opera Workshop

Director, Damian Savarino


Opera Workshop allows students the opera experience in an instructive and educational setting.  Students learn the art of on-stage singing, acting, movement and other aspects of opera while performing excerpts from great works in full costume.


Musical Theatre

Elaine Henderson, Director;

Dr. Timothy Dixon, Music Director;


The musical is a full production staged every spring.  Past playbills include classic shows from the '50s and '60s along with modern productions.  The musical is open to all majors.