Messiah College Concert Choir
The Concert Choir is Messiah College's touring choir, chosen each year by audition. Comprised of students of various majors, the choir has toured extensively throughout the eastern United States and has released four compact discs. The choir performs a variety of music and presents two christmas concerts, a spring tour and several area concerts. During the summer of 2002, the group toured in Ireland, marking its first international appearance. In the spring of 2006, the Concert Choir toured Austria and the Czech Republic.
Linda Tedford, Director of Choral Activities at Messiah College, serves as the director of the Concert Choir. In addition, she teaches conducting and voice. The Concert Choir is a select group chosen by audition from a student body of more than 2,900. She also directs the Messiah College Choral Arts Society, a college and community choir, and is responsible for creating and directing the Chamber Singers. Ms. Tedford is the founder and conductor of the Susquehanna Chorale and is responsible for creating the chorale's educational outreach network of choirs, the Susquehanna Youth Chorale and Susquehanna Children's Chorale based in Hershey, Pa. In addition, the Chorale has toured Great Britain and released three CDs. In 1984, it was the first volunteer choir to receive Chorus America's prestigious Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence.
Her Master of Music degree is in conducting from Temple University, where she studied with internationally renowned conductor Robert Page. She also studied with the great contemporary musicians Robert Shaw, Gregg Smith and Dale Warland. She completed additional studies at Westminster Choir College. She has served as a member of the Choral/Opera Panel for the PA Council on the Arts, and as Repertoire and Standards Committee Chairperson for Community Choruses for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Eastern Division of ACDA. She is a member of Chorus America, the American Choral Directors Association, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Music Educators National Conference and serves as a board member for ACDA-PA as liaison between ACDA and Chorus America.