The Acadia Choral Society

Music that inspires and strengthens community….


Welcome to the website for the Acadia Choral Society.

We invite you to explore this website and learn about our concerts and other events.

ACS has been performing concerts for almost 50 years  in downeast Maine, performing in both Bar Harbor and Ellsworth.

The chorus is planning now for a concert this December. We hope to gather in person in September to rehearse and we will be rehearsing on Zoom for eight weeks beginning February 23, 2021. These sessions are open to everyone who would like to participate. Please go to the Singers Study Guide in the For Singers tab above for sign-up information.

If you want to ask questions, just write to

Meanwhile, keep singing out your own song into this world. Music heals and, even at a sage distance, engenders community.

We also invite your financial support and hope you will join us in keeping the possibility of choral singing strong in our minds and hearts.


“Once again, the Acadia Choral Society is making a wonderful contribution to Christmas spirit with a lovely winter concert….”
Nan Lincoln, in the Mount Desert Islander 12/10/19

“…a great sound…absolutely thrilling to hear…”
                    —  Bar Harbor Times

Poster for the spring 2020 concert which we didn’t get to present. Nor did we sing that fall. For this spring again, we decided to wait another season, but hope….

What we’re rehearsing virtually this winter

Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, Francis Polenc’s Four Motets for the Time of Christmas, and Gustav Holst’s Christmas Day.


Music — What we would have sung for you last May

George Emlen: Song of Acadia

Noel Paul Stookey: America the Beautiful

Walter Piston: Psalm and Prayer of David

Edward Elgar: As Torrents in Summer

Supply Belcher: Hail Thou King of Saints

Sir Arthur Sullivan: The Rainy Day

Henry Smart: The Curfew

Supply Belcher: The Power of Musick

John K. Paine: Mass in D – Kyrie

John K. Paine: Mass in D – Agnus Dei

Noel Paul Stookey: Cabin Fever Waltz

(Some selections are Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poems set to music by composers who aren’t from Maine,)