The Pennsylvania - Delaware String Teachers Association

2018 Biennial Officer Election

Every two years PADESTA holds elections for President-Elect and Secretary.  President-Elect is a 6 year term; 2 years as President-Elect, 2 years as President, and 2 years as Past-President.  Secretary is a 2 year term. The ballot is open from June 6, 2018 through June 9, 2018 this year.

Current PADESTA members may vote one (1) time. Student and Institutional Members MAY NOT cast a ballot. Below are our candidates for the 2018 election.

President-Elect | Secretary

President-Elect

Jeffrey M. Tedford

Jeffrey Tedford, D.M.A.


Candidate Biography

Dr. Jeffrey M Tedford is the Director of Orchestras and Audition Coordinator for the Department of Music at Grove City College. In this position, he oversees the direction of the college's Symphonic Orchestra (approximately 90 members) and the Chamber Orchestra (approximately 30 members) and coordinates all auditions for prospective music majors and minors. In addition, he teaches String Methods, Beginning Conducting, coaches various chamber ensembles, and works with student teachers. Dr. Tedford is the Collegiate Orchestra Representative for the Pennsylvania-Delaware String Teachers Association (PADESTA) and was the Orchestra Content Area Representative for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) from 2014-2017. He was awarded the PADESTA Orchestra Director of the Year for 2017. 

Prior to his appointment at Grove City College, Dr. Tedford was the Music Director and Conductor of the Williamsport Chamber Choir and Orchestra. In addition to preparing the choir for annual Christmas and Spring concerts, he prepared the choir for performances with the Billtown Brass and Eileen Ivers. He also created the Williamsport Youth Choir as an educational outreach program of the Williamsport Chamber Choir and Orchestra which includes over thirty students from several schools in Lycoming County. 

From 2003-2011, Dr. Tedford held the position of Director of Orchestras and Strolling Strings at Williamsport Area High School where he conducted three string orchestras and the Millionaire Strolling Strings. As a member of the Williamsport music staff, Dr. Tedford was part of an award-winning faculty which was awarded the NAMM foundation's top 100 schools for music in eight out of nine years. As the orchestra director he conducted three string orchestras daily including 150 string students and directed the Millionaire Strolling Strings, a select group of string players who perform throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. During the 2010-2011 school year, Dr. Tedford was selected as the Williamsport Area High School "Teacher of the Year" for outstanding teaching and dedication to students. Prior to coming to Williamsport, he was a graduate assistant at Carnegie Mellon University and served as the Assistant Conductor for the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh. As the Assistant Conductor, he prepared the chorus for concerts with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony Pops, and other performances in the Pittsburgh area. While in Pittsburgh he had the opportunity to study with world-renowned conductor, Robert Page, and work with several guest conductors of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

An active violinist, Dr. Tedford regularly performs with the Grove City String Quartet and has performed with the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra (first violin), Shenango Valley Chorale (violin and viola) and has served as the conductor of the Williamsport Symphony Youth Orchestra. He has worked with music organizations and public schools to promote music education for all students. His groups have performed at PMEA State Conventions and continue to be in demand for performances at events throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Tedford holds degrees from Grove City College (B.M. in Music Education), Carnegie Mellon University (M.M. in Conducting), and Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University (D.M.A. in Music Education). His dissertation was titled "College Instrumental Ensemble Participation Rates: A Study of Participants and Non-Participants at a Liberal Arts College". He has pursued additional conducting studies at the Eastman School of Music and the Keenefest Choral Festival. He is active as an adjudicator and guest lecturer for several organizations, colleges, and is an active member of PMEA, NAfME, the American Choral Directors Association, the American String Teachers Association, Chorus America, and several other music organizations.

 

Candidate Statement

I have been a PADESTA member and officer for several years. I am interested in running for President-Elect because I want to further my involvement to assist the organization as it grows and develops. As a collegiate orchestra director and former high school orchestra director I am very interested in advocating for all string educators in Pennsylvania and Delaware. I also enjoy providing guidance and mentorship to new string educators and their programs.

There are so many great activities happening in our two states and we need to improve our awareness of them and promotion of great teaching and student achievement. We also need to be innovative with membership, new ideas for our chapter, and find new ways to provide professional development for our newest, veteran, and all teachers in between. I look forward to working with the leadership team and all PADESTA members to continue current initiatives and develop new ones to serve the teachers and students in our great chapter.

Secretary

ShelleyAnn Greenberg


Candidate Statement

I have always had an eagerness to learn and anexpectation to go beyond what is required. I owe this passion for string education to all to my teachers and mentors who have held this high standard for me and inspire me to continually progress as an individual.

I am currently completing my fifth year as an active strings educator in Haverford Township School District, where I teach 4th and 5th grade string students. Specifically, I teach homogeneous and heterogeneous string lesson groups across all five elementary schools in the district. In addition, I direct a 5th Grade District Orchestra ranging from 75-100 students, which is held after-school. My current position along with my prior teaching experiences require a high level of organization skills, work ethic, communication, and enthusiasm- all qualities that I hope to demonstrate as the PADESTA secretary.

During my education at Penn State University, I have held the secretary position in the ASTA student chapter. Furthermore, I have attended several ASTA National Conferences where I have learned a tremendous amount of knowledge and strategies that I have implemented into my own teaching. I always leave the conference rejuvenated and inspired by the sessions attended. I believe it is important that the PADESTA chapter continues to connect all string educators in our region including private instructors, public school teachers, and college professors. Through building these relationships, an abundance of knowledge and support can be provided to our members. Furthermore, I envision PADESTA being a strong support to young college students studying in the field of string music education.

Advocacy is extremely important in our profession. As the PADESTA chapter secretary, I hope to contribute towards building a sense of community between our current and future string educators and help the advancement of string education in our region.