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 and Bucksport.

Rehearsals take place on Tuesday evenings, 7-9 p.m., at the Ellsworth Unitarian Church.. No auditions are required. Practice files are posted for each part on this website as a study aid.


Rebecca DeWan is the Libra Assistant Professor of Choral/General Music Education at the University of Maine where she teaches undergraduate music education courses and conducts Collegiate Chorale. Rebecca’s 14 years in the K–12 classroom inform her research on trauma-informed, equity-centered teaching and learning. She recently earned a Ph.D. in Music Education from Michigan State University. She is committed to building community through music and actively works to create low-barrier opportunities for music making. 

Email: director@acadiachoralsociety.org 

Julia Morris-Myers spent her formative years on the high plains of Texas and graduated from Baylor University with degrees in music. She holds dual interests in both piano and organ and has served churches in Maine, Texas and Maryland as Director of Music. She was organist and choirmaster at St. Saviour’s in Bar Harbor from 2005-2015.


Julia Morris-Myers

One of Julia’s greatest pleasures has been traveling the world as a choral accompanist. She has played in England, Ireland, Wales, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Ecuador and the Canadian Maritimes and strongly believes in the power of music to bridge divides. She is also a Spiritual Director and leads day-long contemplative retreats.

Julia and her husband Bill recently moved to Cherryfield from Maryland, where she was Director of Music at St. Paul’s Episcopal in Centreville and accompanist for the Queen Anne’s Chorale. When not sitting at a keyboard Julia enjoys reading, travel, writing and entertaining.

ACS Board of Directors

The Chorus is governed by a Board, selected by the members of the chorus annually.

Nancy Roberts — President
David Cuthbertson — Vice President
Gerry Gregersen — Treasurer
Deborah Kiley — Secretary
Debra Bjornard
Howard Evans
Michael Marion