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. Ms. Tedford recently retired from her position as Director of Choral Activities at Messiah College, where she taught conducting and conducted the Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, and Choral Arts Society. She was recently awarded Emeritus status by the college in recognition of her exemplary service. Choirs under her leadership have performed at regional and state conventions of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA); for the Legislature and Governor of Pennsylvania; and in several European venues. Her work is featured on over 16 professionally-produced CDs, and her choirs appear regularly with the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra.
In 1994 Ms. Tedford and the Susquehanna Chorale received Chorus America’s highest lifetime award, The Margaret Hillis Achievement Award for Choral Excellence. Ms. Tedford is the 2011 recipient of ACDA-PA’s Elaine Brown Award for Choral Excellence for outstanding lifelong work in the choral art. In 2013 she received Theatre Harrisburg’s Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts in the Capital Region.
Ms. Tedford holds a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Temple University, where she studied with internationally renowned conductor 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. As a member of the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, she has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra under the direction of such conductors as Eugene Ormandy, Ricardo Muti, and Claudio Abbado.
Ms. Tedford has served as a member of the Choral/Opera Panel for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and she has been the Community Choruses Repertoire and Standards Committee Chairperson for ACDA in Pennsylvania and in the Eastern Division. An active member of Chorus America, the American Choral Directors Association, and the National Association for Music Education, Ms. Tedford is a frequent guest conductor and clinician.