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Linda L. Tedford, Director of Choral Activities at Messiah College, conducts the Concert Choir, the Chamber Singers, Men's Ensemble and the Messiah College Choral Arts Society. In addition, she teaches conducting and voice, and coordinates an annual District Chorus Clinic for area high school students. Under her direction the Concert Choir and Chamber Singers have toured Ireland, Austria, the Czech Republic and the Eastern United States. Her choirs have released six CD's and perform regularly with the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra.

Ms. Tedford is also the Founder and Conductor of the nationally recognized Susquehanna Chorale, Resident Ensemble at Messiah College. In addition to conducting the semi-professional ensemble, she is also responsible for the creation of the Chorale's Educational Outreach program, which reaches hundreds of local student singers annually. The Susquehanna Chorale has performed at regional and state conventions of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). Ms. Tedford and the Chorale were the 1994 recipients of Chorus America's highest lifetime award, The Margaret Hillis Achievement Award for Choral Excellence. The Chorale's CD's have received national acclaim, with Wondrous Love and American Treasures being nominated for Grammy consideration.


Ms. Tedford holds a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Temple University, where she studied with internationally renowned Robert Page. She pursued additional study at Westminster Choir College, as well as with prominent conductors such as Robert Shaw, Gregg Smith, and Dale Warland, and with voice teachers Robert Grooters and Thomas Houser.


She has served as a member of the Choral/Opera Panel for the PA Council on the Arts, and has been the Community Choruses Repertoire and Standards Committee Chairperson for ACDA in Pennsylvania and in the Eastern Division. She is a member of Chorus America, the American Choral Directors Association, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and the Music Educators National Conference.