Our Programs

Learning for All Ages

At the Acadia School of Traditional Music and Arts, our highest priority is to provide world-class educational programs in traditional music, arts and culture. All ages — children, teens, families, adults and seniors — will find a wide range of learning opportunities in our year-round programs. From specialty workshops, school programs, dances and twice-monthly jam sessions to the intensive classes of the week-long summer Acadia Trad Festival, we offer something for everyone.

Acadia Trad Concerts

From intimate performances in small venues across the Down East region, to the larger audiences of Gates Auditorium at the College of the Atlantic, the Acadia Trad Concerts bring together some of the world’s greatest contemporary performers. Concerts are held year round, but the premiere events are the Acadia Halls Concerts, held during the week-long Acadia Trad Festival.

Our People

Our small staff and our many volunteers make it all happen. We need you! If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity, please contact info@acadiatradschool.com.

Jennifer Torrance

Jennifer Torrance

Executive Director

Jen has been involved as a student of the Acadia Trad School since 2013, and credits it with her complete addiction to all things fiddle. Jen joined the staff as Director of Marketing in 2015 and took on the role of Executive Director in August, 2017. She is also a professional designer, photographer and videographer. She lives in Ellsworth, Maine with her two children, husband Joshua and three miniature schnauzers.

Chuck Donnelly

Chuck Donnelly

Director Emeritus

Chuck Donnelly cut his musical chops in the San Francisco Bay Area bluegrass music scene in the early 1990s. In 1996, Chuck moved to Maine with his wife, Janet Anker where they owned the Left Bank Cafe, a nationally-known small music venue in Blue Hill. Over the years, Chuck has toured with fiddlers Katie Wegner and Emma Walsh, and with the Clam City Ramblers. Chuck started the Acadia Trad School in 2012 with a focus on using music to build community, and served as Executive Director until August, 2017. He hopes the school will become an established institution for higher learning for traditional music and arts.

Jenny Donnelly

Jenny Donnelly

Registration Coordinator

Jenny served the Acadia Trad School as Assistant Director from 2014 to August, 2017 and continues to be the registration guru for the Acadia Trad Festival. Jenny is a professional engineer, a small plane pilot, and a trad enthusiast. Her non-stop energy, great spirit, love for the fiddle, and engineering skills combine in her work at Acadia Trad School.