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Sidney Hamilton Tedford
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Obituary for Sidney Hamilton Tedford

Sidney Hamilton Tedford, age 91 years, a resident of Elkins, WV departed this life Saturday morning, March 3, 2018 at the Elkins Rehabilitation and Care Center at Elkins, WV.

He was born Tuesday, August 13, 1926 at Pittsburgh, PA a son of the late Albert and Mary Elizabeth Mathers Tedford. He sang in choirs and studied violin as a child. Later he studied voice privately and played violin and viola in community orchestras in Pittsburgh, while employed as a banker at South Hills Trust. He sang in the Mendelssohn choir and at East Liberty Presbyterian Church before enrolling in Maryville College, Maryville, Tennessee, where he received a Presser Music Scholarship in 1953. He was a tenor soloist with the Vesper Choir, directed by Harry Harter, and was also a member of the College orchestra. He received the B.A. in voice in 1957.

His graduate work includes the M.A. in musicology from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio (1960), where he was a graduate assistant, and graduate work at West Virginia University and the University of Pittsburgh, where he was an Andrew Mellon Fellow. He also studied violin at WVU and Carnegie Mellon University.

He was a professor of music at Davis & Elkins College 1959-1970 and was adjunct instructor of music at Robert Morris College, Glenville State College, and Salem College. He directed choral groups at each college, church choirs in Indiana, Elkins, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, and college-community choruses that performed Handel's "Messiah" (1961-1969 and 1974) in Elkins. His Davis & Elkins College A Cappella Choir toured annually in West Virginia and eastern states. He was a former choir director of Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church and Grace Episcopal Church, Elkins as well as of Christ Episcopal Church, Clarksburg.

Among the instrumental groups in which he played were the Elkins Baroque Trio (violin, flute, and piano) in the 1960's with Walter and Sandra Hartley and the Tanner Trio (oboe, violin, and flute) in the 1980's and 1990's. He sang for a time with the Clarksburg Madrigal Singers, developed madrigal singing groups in Elkins, and taught Elderhostel courses and gave programs to senior citizens groups in WV.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Dr. Barbara W. Tedford, a retired English professor, of Elkins; a sister, Peggie Tedford Watson, of Pitcairn, PA; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Jack and Albert Tedford, and a nephew, Ronnie Tedford.

The family will receive friends at the Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Elkins from 10 to 11 AM, Tuesday. Final Rites will be conducted at the funeral home, Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 11 AM. The Rev. Dr. Peter A. Vial will officiate and interment will follow at the Maplewood Cemetery at Elkins, WV.


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Visitation

Tuesday

6

Mar

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Lohr & Barb Funeral Home - Elkins

120 First Street
P.O. Box 1027
Elkins, WV 26241

funeral service

Tuesday

6

Mar

11:00 AM
Lohr & Barb Funeral Home - Elkins

120 First Street
P.O. Box 1027
Elkins, WV 26241

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