Cancer battle doesn't stop choir director from sharing music

10:45 PM, May 9, 2013   |    comments
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ELLSWORTH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- This weekend the Acadia Choral Society will be holding its annual Spring Concert in Bar Harbor, and for the director of the group the music is going to sound that much sweeter.

Jamie Hagedorn has been the musical director of the society for the last five years. In January she got the devestating news that she had breast cancer.

Since then Hagedorn has been going for monthly chemo therapy sessions but she says thankfully she's experienced few side effects from the treatment.

Hagedorn is still leading the group and giving music lessons for dozens of area students and she says she's grateful that she can.

"You are riding the waves of a very intense experience when you're conducting a long and tense piece but you also have to stay centered and focused and be in the experience but also being able to observe yourself being calm and handling it," she said, "and actually the whole medical experience has been a lot like that."

The Acadia Choral Society will be holding its concert on Saturday night at St. Saviour's Church in Bar Harbor. Show time is at 7 p.m. Another show will follow on Sunday at 3 p.m.


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