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The Acadia Choral Society is looking forward to their Spring Concerts on May 6-7 and May 14.

Rehearsals begin on January 17 and will continue on Tuesday evenings, 7-9 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Evanston (121 Bucksport Rd.) The performance times and locations are as follows:

May 6, 7 p.m.—St. Saviour's Episcopal Church (Bar Harbor)

May 7, 3 p.m.—St. Saviour's

May 14, 3 p.m.—St. Andrew Lutheran Church (Ellsworth)

The concerts in May feature two major works, Gabriel Faure’s Requiem and Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Te Deum (H146), on the theme of “Rest and Rejoicing.” Faure wrote that his Requiem, composed around 1890, is “dominated from beginning to end by a very human feeling of faith in eternal rest.” The Te Deum is an ancient Latin hymn of praise often used to celebrate ceremonial occasions. Charpentier wrote this joyous, triumphant setting to commemorate a French victory in battle in 1692.

New members are always welcome, and no auditions are required. You need not be a trained singer to take part. Choristers will be provided with recordings of their voice part, and will have the opportunity to attend sectional rehearsals in addition to rehearsals with the full chorus.

A new chorus member last season wrote: “It was such an honor to sing with ACS...It was so much fun; but it was so much more than that. It was a highlight of the year.”

For more information about joining the chorus, you may contact the ACS board president Michael Marion, or simply come to the first rehearsal. Whether you’re a new or returning member, you’re encouraged to bring a friend!


Choristers: See the Study Guide page for much useful information about this season's repertoire.


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, and at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Ellsworth on the following weekend.

Rehearsals take place on Tuesday evenings, 7-9 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Evanston (121 Bucksport Rd.) No auditions are required. CD’s of all the vocal parts are provided as a study aid.

If you are interested in joining the chorus, please contact our board president, Michael Marion.

No auditions are required. The Member Guidelines page includes information about concert and rehearsal dates, attendance, fees and dues. New members are warmly welcomed!


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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