Artistic Staff

 
 
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Linda L. Tedford, Artistic Director, Founder, and Conductor

Linda L. Tedford is the Artistic Director, Founder and Conductor of the award-winning Susquehanna Chorale, established in 1981. She is responsible for the creation of the Chorale’s Educational Outreach Program, which reaches hundreds of local student singers annually. She is the retired Director of Choral Activities at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, where she conducted the Concert Choir, the Chamber Singers, the Messiah College Choral Arts Society, and Men’s Ensemble. She also taught voice and graduate and undergraduate-level conducting.

Daniel L. Dorty, Accompanist, Susquehanna Chorale

Daniel L. Dorty is Director of Music and Organist at Camp Hill Presbyterian Church. A senior at Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania, he is studying for a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in organ. Mr. Dorty also maintains a private studio, teaching organ, piano, and voice in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, and he frequently serves as accompanist both at Messiah College and in the surrounding community. His private teachers have included Linda L. Tedford, Helen-Louise Wagner, Philip Shuman, Randall Williams, and Shawn Gingrich. Mr. Dorty is a member of the American Guild of Organists and the American Choral Directors Association.

Judith A. Shepler, Conductor, Susquehanna Children's Chorale

Judith A. Shepler holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Messiah College. She has pursued additional study at Westminster Choir College as well as with prominent conductors in the field of children’s choral music, including Jean Ashworth Bartle, Betty Bertaux, Joan Gregoryk, Christine Jordanoff, Helen Kemp, and Henry Leck. Ms. Shepler plays a vital role in the Chorale’s Educational Outreach Program by conducting the Susquehanna Children’s Chorale for children in grades 4 through 8. She also directs the Susquehanna Preparatory Choir, a training choir for students in the third grade.

Ms. Shepler recently retired from the Central Dauphin School District, where she taught elementary vocal music for 35 years and conducted the fourth and fifth grade choruses. Ms. Shepler is a charter member of the Susquehanna Chorale and has been a member and featured soloist with the Chamber Singers of Harrisburg and the Harrisburg Singers. Ms. Shepler maintains active membership in the American Choral Directors Association, Music Educators National Conference, and the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association.

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Alan L. Hair, Accompanist, Susquehanna Children's Chorale

Alan L. Hair has been a member of the Susquehanna Chorale since 1984 and has served as accompanist for the Children’s Chorale since its inception in 1994. He is the tenor section leader for the Susquehanna Chorale and serves as a member of the Chorale’s Grants Committee. Mr. Hair received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/Management from Elizabethtown College, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music/Organ Concentration, as a student of Dr. Carl Shull. Mr. Hair is Director of Music Ministries at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Hershey and is a member of the American Guild of Organists and the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians. Mr. Hair works full-time as an Employment Program Coordinator for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

George H. Diehl, Conductor, Susquehanna Youth Chorale

George H. Diehl graduated magna cum laude from Susquehanna University, where he received a Bachelor of Music Education degree in Vocal Performance/Education.  He also holds a Masters in Music Technology degree from Valley Forge Christian College. In addition, he has received his certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in Music Education. Currently, Mr. Diehl teaches in the Camp Hill school district as its sixth to twelfth grade vocal/general music instructor.

Mr. Diehl is an active member of TI:ME (Technology In Music Education), the American Choral Directors Association of Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, where he has been a guest director and a clinician. As a vocalist, Mr. Diehl has performed in numerous Central Pennsylvania community theatre and operatic productions. He most recently was seen in Open Stage Harrisburg’s production of Sondheim on Sondheim.  Other performance credits include Theatre Harrisburg’s Urinetown, the Musical, and Little Theater of Mechanicsburg’s production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

Dru Deitch, Conductor, Susquehanna Young Women’s Chorale

Dru Deitch is the choral director and general music teacher at Eagle View Middle School in the Cumberland Valley School District. She also conducts the Eagle View Middle School Select Choir and is the director and producer of Eagle View’s spring musicals, the most recent being a production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

Mrs. Deitch graduated summa cum laude from Messiah College with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education with a concentration in voice. While at Messiah College, Mrs. Deitch was a member of the Concert Choir and Chamber Singers under the direction of Linda Tedford. She performed with the Messiah choirs throughout Pennsylvania and New England, and toured with the Concert Choir in Italy. She is also a former singer with the Susquehanna Chorale. Mrs. Deitch is an active member of her church worship team and maintains a private voice studio for students of all ages. She is an active member of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association and has participated in and assisted several music festivals, including Middle School Song Fest.

Mitchell Sensenig, Accompanist, Susquehanna Youth Chorale and Susquehanna Young Women's Chorale

Mitchell Sensenig attended Mansfield University, where he studied choral conducting, voice, piano, and music education. While attending Mansfield, he studied piano with Dr. Nancy Boston, and voice with Dr. Todd Ranney. He also was a member of the university’s award-winning Concert Choir and performed with the marching band.

Mr. Sensenig, who sings bass with the Susquehanna Chorale, won a regional vocal competition in 2013 from the National Association for Teachers of Singing, and was a finalist for the same in 2015.

In the community, Mr. Sensenig frequently accompanies local school, church and volunteer choirs, and musical theatre productions. He also serves as assistant director of the Ephrata High School marching band. 

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