"...a great sound...absolutely thrilling to hear..."—Bar Harbor Times
HOLIDAY CONCERT—DECEMBER 7 & 8
The Acadia Choral Society is now preparing for our holiday concert, A Celebration of International Carols, on December 7-8 at St. Saviour's Church in Bar Harbor. See our Tickets page for more information.
The performance on Saturday, December 7, will take place at 7 p.m. This year the Sunday performance will take place at 5 p.m. If you are one of our regular attendees, please note this time change for Sunday.
The program includes beautiful and exciting arrangements of carols from many different cultures, including German/Austrian, French, Polish, Russian, Mexcian, Filipino, Caribbean, African, and Appalachian, accompanied by piano, flute, oboe, and percussion.
The chorus rehearses on Tuesday evenings from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Ellsworth. If you are interested in joining the Acadia Choral Society, 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 welcome!
The Acadia Choral Society is a community chorus of approximately sixty 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 Mother's Day 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.
Photos courtesy of Lydia B. Goetze