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Contact Us

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 207-835-1754

Mailing Address: 

The Acadia Trad School
216 High Street, #357
Ellsworth, Maine 04605

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 [email protected].

Jennifer Torrance

Jennifer Torrance

Executive Director, President

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 roles of Executive Director and Board President in August, 2017. She is also a senior brand professional, designer, photographer and videographer. She lives in Ellsworth, Maine with her two children, husband Joshua and two miniature schnauzers.

Rebecca Edmondson

Rebecca Edmondson

Vice President

Rebecca Edmondson is a recognized leader in the music education of Downeast Maine. She has inspired countless children in her role has instrumental and vocal music teacher at the Conners Emerson School in Bar Harbor, and leads the Eastern Maine Pops Orchestra (TEMPO) and the Swallowtail Fiddlers. A piper and harper, Rebecca’s connection to traditional music runs deep. We are proud to have her as part of our Board of Trustees.
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.
Hanz Araki

Hanz Araki

Festival Director

Hanz officially joined our year-round staff in 2019, but he’s been part of the Acadia Trad Festival family for years.  As a member of our flute and whistle faculty, he has developed strong relationships with students and volunteers, and has many great ideas on how to make the Festival even better. Hanz brings extensive experience as a touring performer at Festivals and camps around the world, and as the director of several Festivals in the US.

Heather Swanson

Heather Swanson

Secretary

Heather Swanson has been a passionate advocate for the Acadia Trad School ever since her first year as an Acadia Trad Festival student in 2014. An accomplished violinist and teacher on Cape Cod, Heather recently released her first album of traditional fiddle tunes and originals. We are thrilled to have her participating on of Board of Trustees, where she lends her joyous energy and great ideas. 

Nancy Parker Neff

Nancy Parker Neff

Director of Operations, Co-Treasurer

A long-time Festival student, Nancy started volunteering in 2015 and has taken on increasing responsibility ever since, now lending her many administrative talents as a kay member of the staff. A talented multi-instrumentalist, Nancy’s passion for traditional music shows in every aspect of her life. She attends sessions nearly every night of the week, and frequents camps throughout the Northeast. She lives in Titusville, New Jersey with her three sweet kitties.

Michael Marino

Michael Marino

Co-Treasurer

Mike joined our Board in 2019 and brings over 25 years of experience in banking and risk management. He is involved extensively in community organizations around the Northeast, and contributes his many talents on numerous Boards. Mike is an aspiring dancer and music enthusiast, and lives in Surry, Maine. 

 

An Inclusive Community

The Acadia Trad School does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, employment, selection of volunteers and vendors, student admission and financial assistance, or provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, volunteers, students, subcontractors, vendors, and clients. Furthermore, the Acadia Trad School is dedicated to providing a harassment-free educational experience and will not tolerate harassment of participants in any form based on race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status. Read our full Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy