Linda L. Tedford
Linda Tedford, Director of Choral Activities, is in her twelfth year as the director of the Concert Choir, 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, the Men’s Ensemble, and is responsible for creating and directing the Chamber Singers. In addition, she teaches conducting and voice.
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 Susquehanna Chorale has toured Great Britain and released three critically acclaimed CDs. In 1984, it was the first volunteer choir to receive Chorus America’s prestigious “Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence.”
Ms. Tedford holds a master of music degree in conducting from Temple University , where she studied with internationally renowned conductor Robert Page. She also studied with 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 Chair for Community Choruses for the Eastern Division of American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). She is a member of ACDA, Chorus America , the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the International Federation for Choral Music, and the Music Educators National Conference. She currently serves as a board member for ACDA-PA as Repertoire and Standards Committee Chair/ACDA-PA liaison to Chorus America .