We are pleased to announce that the Susquehanna Chorale has been awarded a 2020 American Prize!

The American Prize recognizes and rewards the best performers, ensembles and composers in the United States. The Chorale tied for second place in the “Community Chorus” Division of this prestigious national competition.


“More than ever, we need to encourage our artists, for they are the soul of a great nation,” according to the American Prize organizers. “Artists have the power to bring joy and understanding, peace and contentment to others.”

The Chorale was awarded this year’s prize based on select pieces submitted from our Sing Me to Heaven and Roots & Wings recordings.

Please join us in celebrating this award! We could not fulfill our mission of “Enriching lives through song” with the continued support of our patrons.

A Message from Linda L. Tedford

I am writing to share the news that the Educational Outreach Program (EOP) of the Susquehanna Chorale will be suspended for the Fall 2020 season.

This is due to the uncertainty that surrounds the COVID-19 pandemic as it affects many aspects of our program. We are deeply concerned about the health of our singers and our conductors and accompanists. In addition, we have received news that several of our venues may be closed to us for rehearsals and performances.

It is with great sadness that I write this letter, knowing how valuable our Susquehanna Youth, Young Women’s, and Children’s Chorales are to our singers, our staff, and our community!

Please note, all EOP applications will be re-evaluated upon the resumption of the Educational Outreach Program. No fees will be collected until that time.

We all look forward to an improvement in the situation which will enable us to come together with renewed energy and enthusiasm. I hope we can unite in looking forward to that day. I encourage you to take the opportunity to reflect on our past seasons with gratitude for what we have accomplished and shared so beautifully!

Linda L. Tedford

Artistic Director, Founder and Conductor

Beautiful Thoughts that Apply to Singers of Any Age

“When children sing together, they draw a sense of power from the experience. The discipline of weekly rehearsals results in a confidence that boosts individual self-esteem, and the achievement of a polished performance gives them a sense of pride and accomplishment. The development of these character traits will serve them well all of their lives. The Susquehanna educational choirs provide a positive and nurturing environment in which all children can reach their full potential as choral singers. The Chorale setting offers students an opportunity to share creative ideas and to discover how to work effectively within a group. Most importantly, our student members share the joy of making beautiful music together! It is our hope that this experience will lead the children to enjoy a lifetime of singing. They are the future of the choral art!”

Judith Shepler, Conductor, Susquehanna Children’s Chorale and Preparatory Choir


The Susquehanna Chorale wishes to thank the following sponsors,

advertisers, foundations, and others who supported us

during the 2019-20 concert season.

2019-20 Season Sponsor

Fulton Private Bank


Concert Sponsors

The Anne M. and Philip H. Glatfelter, III Family Foundation

University Music Service, Hershey

Program Advertisers

Isley Design & Graphics/Little Breeches Family Day Care • LB Smith Ford • Market Square Presbyterian Church • Messiah Lifeways • Mountz Jewelers • St. John’s Concert Series • WRTI Radio • Neill Funeral Home • Germantown Studios • Bobby Rahal Lexus • Anne F. Adams Dentistry • Boles Metzger Brosius & Walborn, PC • Cardin & Miller Physical Therapy • Century 21 Realty Services/David Fields • Ebersole Honda/ Buick/GMC/Hyundai • Fever Salon • Faith United Church of Christ, Grantville • First United Methodist Church, Hershey • Hess Piano Company • Homestyle Charlie • Loser’s Music • Messick’s Farm Equipment • Mick Cochran • MPL Law Firm • The Hess Agency • Wealth Management Services, Inc.

Special Support

Armstrong Worldwide • Bill Lehr Fund for the Arts of TFEC, on behalf of Bill and Beverlee Lehr • Black Gryphon Restaurant, Elizabethtown • Boles Metzger Brosius & Walborn, PC • Camp Hill School District • Cultural Enrichment Fund • Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania • Derry Presbyterian Church • Elizabethtown College • The Foundation for Enhancing Communities • Grantham Brethren in Christ Church • The Charles A. and Elizabeth Guy Holmes Foundation • Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Hershey • IBM Matching Gifts Program • Josiah W. and Bessie H. Kline Foundation • Market Square Presbyterian Church, Harrisburg • Messiah College School of the Arts • Kim S. Phipps, Ph.D., President, Messiah College • Pennsylvania Council on the Arts • The Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation •

The Presser Foundation

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