The Choral Arts Society will be performing Felix Mendelssohn's masterwork, Elijah, on Friday, April 11, at 8PM in Parmer Hall at Messiah College. Performances will also occur at the Harrisburg Forum, on Saturday, April 12 at 8PM and Sunday, April 13, at 3PM. Choral Arts Society will join the Messiah College Concert Choir, Susquehanna Chorale, and Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra.
Rehearsals: Messiah College Choral Arts Society rehearses on Tuesday evenings (7:15-9:30PM). Rehearsals will take place in the Martin Choral Rehearsal Hall, in the Calvin and Janet High Center, on Messiah College campus.
About the ensemble:
Messiah College Choral Arts Society, made up of 70 members from Messiah College and the greater Harrisburg community, was founded by Messiah music professor Earl “Prof” Miller in 1946. It was originally called the Alumni Oratorio Society. Later, the name was changed to the Grantham Oratorio Society to emphasize the community in which they participated. Earl Miller directed the choir for 22 years, followed by Messiah professors Ronald Sider, who led the group for 28 years, and Ronald Miller, the 1997 interim director. In 1998, the choir was renamed the Messiah College Choral Arts Society to reflect the group’s rich heritage with the college.
About the director, Linda Tedford:
Linda Tedford, the dynamic Director of the Choral Activities at Messiah College, conducts the Messiah College Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Men’s Ensemble, and the Choral Arts Society. Ms. Tedford is the Founder and Conductor of the Susquehanna Chorale and winner of Chorus America’s prestigious “Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence.” In 2012, Ms. Tedford was awarded Theatre Harrisburg's Arts Awards for Distinguished Service To The Arts In The Capital Region.
Ms. Tedford is the founder and conductor of the Susquehanna Chorale, the Susquehanna Youth Chorale, and the Susquehanna Children’s Chorale, based in Hershey, Pa. She holds a master’s degree in conducting from Temple University, where she studied with renowned conductor Robert Page. She also studied with contemporary musicians Gregg Smith, Dale Warland and the late Robert Shaw.