The Susquehanna Chorale
The Susquehanna Chorale, founded in 1981 by Artistic Director Linda Tedford, is widely recognized as one of the outstanding choral ensembles in the United States. The 36-voice auditioned chamber choir is recognized by critics and audiences alike for its commitment to excellence and for its artistic interpretation of choral works of many styles and historical periods. Reflecting its dedication to the music of our time, the group has performed the East Coast premieres of many outstanding works, and it has commissioned several new works for its concert series. Past seasons have included performances at the Washington National Cathedral, conventions of the American Choral Directors Association, the PA House of Representatives at the State Capitol, and most recently at Chautauqua Institution in upstate New York. The Chorale has also toured Great Britain, Switzerland, Austria, and Germany. In addition to performing regularly with the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, the Susquehanna Chorale is the Ensemble in Residence at Messiah College in Grantham, PA. The Susquehanna Chorale is honored to be the recipient of Chorus America’s highest national award: The Margaret Hillis Achievement Award for Choral Excellence. The group’s cds have received national recognition, with three – Sing Me to Heaven, Wondrous Love and American Treasures – receiving consideration for a Grammy nomination.
As further evidence of its mission to promote the choral art, the Chorale co-sponsored the Central PA Choral Festival for seventeen years, bringing internationally known conductors to Central Pennsylvania. The group is also known for its educational outreach program for area students between grades three and twelve. In addition, it sponsors a conducting internship for area college students.
The Susquehanna Chorale, ensemble-in-residence at Messiah College, is funded in part by the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts, a regional arts funding partnership of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, administered in this area by Jump Street, and by The Cultural Enrichment Fund, the capital region’s united arts fund.