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Come sing with us this season!  

We have a new guest conductor, Molly Webster (see Director page) and a terrific program for this season.

Rehearsals start on Tuesday, September 12 at 7pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Ellsworth.

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.

For more information about joining the chorus, you may contact the ACS board president Michael Marion at 288-4884, or simply come to the first rehearsal. Whether you’re a new or returning member, you’re encouraged to bring a friend!

A new chorus member 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.”

Program—

Bogoroditse Djevo............................. Arvo Pärt
Ave Maria........................................Javier Busto
Rosa Mystica....................Chrysogonus Waddell
Et in terra pax..................................John Purifoy
Gloria...............................................Bob Chilcott                                  I. Gloria in excelsis Dei                                                                      II. Domine Daus                                                                                III. Qui tollis peccata mundi                                                              IV. Quoniam tu solus sanctus                                                                           

                               INTERMISSION

Villagers All.................................Dwight Bigler
Glow..............................................Eric Whitacre
Christmas Night..................Kim Andre Arnesen
Light One Candle.....PPM, Arr., Robert Cormier
Still, Still, Still.................Arr. Matthew Culloton
O Holy Night.............................. Adolphe Adam
Here Comes the Light..........................John Yane

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

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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 Ellsworth (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.

The Member Guidelines page includes information about concert and rehearsal dates, attendance, fees and dues. New members are warmly welcomed!

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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. The current guest conductor for the Fall 2017 season is Molly J. Webster, assisted by accompanist/assistent director 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.)

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MISSION STATEMENT

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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