Artistic Work Study Students

Samuel Foucher

Samuel Foucher grew up in the Monadnock region of southern New Hampshire. His love for the accordion began at a new year’s eve concert at a young, impressionable age.  Bob McQuillen and Jeremiah McLane were both inspirations and mentors on this versatile instrument. Contra dancing was a frequent and beloved part of his childhood, and he has a deep appreciation for music and dance traditions of all sorts. He also loves song, especially songs about the land and local history. When he’s not playing his instrument, he enjoys woodworking and carpentry, riding bicycles, growing food, making useful and beautiful items, and anything that can serve as a catalyst for building community.

“As a student in the previous incarnation of the Acadia Festival, I received so much joy and inspiration from all the folks who show up to learn and teach in this wonderful location. I am excited and honored to be a part of the Artistic Work Study team this year.”

Marie Hamilton

Marie Hamilton, harpist and vocalist, will steal your heart in a minute. Accompanying her rich voice with intricate fingerwork, she blends sound, colour and emotion to create spaces of intimacy, openness and connection with her audience. Sharing her songs and stories about love, life and loss, there’s rarely a dry eye in the house when Marie performs. A Vermont native currently based in Montreal, she’s a recent graduate of Musicology at McGill University and has studied harp and song in Ireland, Scotland, and France with masters such as Maeve Gilchrist, Michael Rooney, and Laoise Kelly. Her music is nourished by a love for old melodies, an infinite curiosity, and a touch of synesthesia. She is committed to innovation while maintaining a strong connection with her traditional roots, breathing new life into classical forms. She has shared her music on stages, in gardens, on rooftops, by the ocean, and in forests all across eastern Canada and the US.

“I’m deeply grateful for the AWS which will make it possible for me to study with one of my favorite harpists out there while also offering my time, energy and skills to help out. There’s been an Acadia Trad-shaped hole in my summers the past few years and I can’t wait to be back at the ocean sharing melodies and making memories.”

Rosalie Coleman

Rosalie Coleman is a fiddler from Connecticut, and from age five, she grew up steeped in the New England traditional music scene. Her primary mentors over the years include renowned Bluegrass dobro and fiddle player Stacy Phillips, Scottish fiddler Jenna Moynihan, and Old Time fiddle and banjo player Brian Slattery. Rosalie is currently in her second year studying Technology in Music and Related Arts (TIMARA) at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. She was a 2020 Acadia School of Traditional Music and Arts Young Artist Scholarship recipient, and she attended Trad School as a student from 2015 to 2018. She is delighted to see its return and is looking forward to helping out while in the Artistic Work Study program in 2023!

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