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.
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 various venues 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.
DIRECTOR: DANIEL PYLE
The Acadia Choral Society welcomes a new Director
DR. DANIEL S. PYLE has a wealth of experience which he brings to the Acadia Choral Society. He is the Musical Director of Harmonie Universelle, a Baroque ensemble that has recorded and toured in the US and Europe. In 2018, he conducted Handel’s Messiah for the Blue Hill Bach Festival. He has performed with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra and the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. He has served on the faculties of the University of Kansas, Louisiana State University, and Clayton State University where he taught organ, harpsichord, and music history. He also taught Master classes in Atlanta and the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, UK. He is the organist and Music Director for St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church in Bar Harbor. Dr. Pyle has forty-five years of experience as a church musician in Episcopal, Lutheran, and Methodist congregations, and has been an instructor in church music at the Candler School of Theology. He holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Music from the University of Alabama and a Doctorate from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester. He has also trained at the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam and with Kenneth Gilbert at the Accademia Musical Chigiana.
ACCOMPANIST: KIMBERLY HALLER
A native South Carolinian, Kimberly Maney Haller has received degrees in Interdisciplinary Fine Arts, Piano Performance, and Musicology. Accompanying since the age of 12, she currently serves as organist/music director for St. Mary’s By-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Northeast Harbor, Maine. She is also active as a duo-pianist, accompanist, and private piano instructor.
Kimberly and her husband Karl live on Swan’s Island, Maine. She writes the Swan’s Island column in the weekly newspaper The Mount Desert Islander and serves as site manager for the Burnt Coat Harbor Lighthouse on Swan’s Island. She and her husband enjoy renovating their century-old home and welcoming friends to their home for authentic outdoor lobster feasts.
ACS Board of Directors
The Chorus is governed by a Board, selected by the members of the chorus annually.
Michael Marion — President
David Cuthbertson — Vice President
Gerry Gregersen — Treasurer
Deborah Kiley — Secretary