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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

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

Jenny Donnelly

Jenny Donnelly

Housing 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.

Nancy Parker Neff

Nancy Parker Neff

Director of Operations, Secretary/Treasurer

A long-time student at the Acadia Trad Festival, Nancy joined the volunteer team in 2015 and has taken on increasing levels of responsibility ever since. Now a key member of the Board of Trustees, Nancy lends her many organizational and administrative talents to the School as Director of Operations. Herself a talented multi-instrumentalist, Nancy’s passion for traditional music shows in every aspect of her life. She can be found at local sessions nearly every night of the week, and frequents camps throughout the Northeast. She lives in Ellsworth, Maine with her two sweet kitties, Pixie and Bailey.

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.

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.

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