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The Acadia Choral Society is now rehearsing for our Spring Concert, "Acadia Sings!" The performances will take place on May 7-8 at St. Saviour's Church in Bar Harbor—Saturday evening at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. We rehearse on Tuesday evenings, 7-9 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Ellsworth (121 Bucksport Rd.)


At the May concert the ACS will premiere a commissioned work, "Song of Acadia," by renowned local composer George Emlen. The new work will be part of a nature-themed concert offered as part of the year-long Acadia National Park Centennial festivities.


If you are interested in joining the chorus—and having the opportunity to premiere a special new work—please contact our music director, Dr. Jamie Hagedorn. No auditions are required. The Member Guidelines page includes information about concert and rehearsal dates, attendance, fees and dues. New members are warmly welcomed!


Choristers: See the Study Guide page for links to recordings.





We thank our corporate sponsors for their support: The Jackson Laboratory, Fiore Artisan Oils & Vinegars, and Bar Harbor Savings & Loan. The Acadia Choral Society is an Acadia Centennial Partner.




The Acadia Choral Society is a community chorus of forty-five to fifty members who come from far and wide—from Brewer to MDI to Bucksport, Franklin, and Thorndike. They are devoted music-lovers from all walks of life. The chorus performs at St. Saviour's Church in Bar Harbor on the first weekend in December and the first weekend in May.


The Acadia Choral Society began in Ellsworth in 1957 under the direction of Madame Tsuin Hwa Hsu. The chorus, which grew to about fifty members, rehearsed at Madame Hsu's studio and at the office of her husband, Dr. Theodore Hsu, both on High Street. They performed through the late 1960's throughout Hancock, Washington, and Penobscot Counties, including concerts with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra and with renowned guest conductors such as Erich Kunzel and Pierre Monteux.


After a hiatus of several years, the Acadia Choral Society was re-established by George Emlen in 1978. From 1984 to 2007, the chorus was directed by Shirley Smith. Dr. Jamie Hagedorn is the current music director, assisted by pianist/organist Kimberly Haller.


(Many thanks to Malen Hsu of Ellsworth, who has shared with us a wealth of information, programs, and press clippings about the Acadia Choral Society's early years under her mother's direction.)






The Acadia Choral Society is committed to creating a professional-level musical experience that not only entertains but also inspires and challenges our audiences and members. We sing music of diverse periods and styles with attention to beautiful choral sound, appropriate performance practice, musical expression, and textual understanding. We strive to be recognized as an asset to the cultural life of our community and our state.










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