ARIZONA CHORAL ARTS ASSOCIATION

What's Happening:

New TBx Director Luke Diamond

The Tucson Barbershop eXperience Men's Chorus has announced a new Director for its performing chorus: Luke Diamond, currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Choral Conducting at the University of Arizona. Luke is also directing UA's Bass Glee and is the assistant director of the University's Coro Ensemble, as well as serving as the Musical Director for Christ Presbyterian Church. "I am very excited to work with the barbershop chorus", said Luke , "as they begin their 73rd year of performing a Capella music in the barbershop style for the Tucson community".

TBx Director Luke Diamond

Before moving to Tucson, AZ, Diamond completed a Bachelor of Music in Vocal performance from West Virginia University and taught choir, band and drama at Trinity Christian School for preschool through

12th grades.

During his weekends, he enjoys serving as the accompanist for the  Murder, Magic, and Mystery Dinner Theatre. When not conducting, Diamond spends time composing. His works include the Opera Ma Grâce te Suffit, and the musicals  What Have You Got to LoseThe Trouble with Gold, and  This Ol’ Book.

The Tucson Barbershop eXperience performing chorus has had a very active year, delivering Singing Valentines in February, competing in the Arizona Division barbershop  contest in April, teaching 4-part

a Capella harmony to high school singers in September and presenting a Christmas holiday show in December. They continue to perform for audiences throughout southern Arizona and sing the National Anthem for UA baseball, women’s basketball, and volleyball games as well as for the Tucson Roadrunners hockey games and other civic events. Men who like to sing are invited to visit chorus rehearsals every Monday evening at 6:30 PM at the Jewish Community Center on River Road.

For more information see the chapter web site at www.tucsonbarbershopharmony.org.

ACAA, A MUSICAL RESOURCE FOR SOUTHERN ARIZONA

TUCSON, AZ – Since 2013, the nonprofit ACAA has served as a resource for singers, choral groups, and audiences. “We endeavor through our membership to enable choruses to network, collaborate, and market using shared resources,” said Terrie Ashbaugh, founder of ACAA and long-time director of the Southern Arizona Women’s Chorus. She also is director of worship and business manager at Ascension Lutheran Church and School.

The ACAA currently includes these member choruses:

Arizona Repertory Singers, an auditioned ensemble of 45 singers established in 1984, led by music director Ryan Phillips.

Camerata Sonora is a vocal chamber ensemble that varies in size from 12 to 20 musicians. Our members are a mix of highly-trained, semi-professional musicians, and talented, dedicated amateurs with little formal music training. Camerata Sonora brings little known, rarely heard music to life through immersive, imaginative performances that tell a story.

Moxie Singers is an enthusiastic band of women dedicated to fun, energizing and authentic singing performances.

Sons of Orpheus – the Male Choir of Tucson, 45 members, founded by Grayson Hirst in 1991 and still directed by him.

Southern Arizona Women’s Chorus, dates from 1981, about 60 members, directed by Terrie Ashbaugh since 1998.

The Helios Ensemble, founded by Benjamin Hansen in 2014, who continues to direct the 50-voice unaccompanied mixed chorus.

The Summer Chorus, established eight years ago, about 45 male and female vocalists, directed by Keith Avery.

The Vail Chorale, a community chorus on Tucson’s east side, welcoming singers of all ages and levels of musical experience. Most members have sung in school or church choirs at some time in their lives, and have come together to share in the joy of choral music-making. We sing a varied repertoire, from pop standards, folk ballads and Broadway tunes to classical styles from across the centuries to contemporary composers.

Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus, founded in 1939 for boys age 6 to 12, with four chorus levels and satellite choirs in Oro Valley, Sahuarita, and Vail, led by Julian Ackerley since 1980.

Tucson Barbershop Experience, Tucson's premier Men's Barbershop Chorus.  The chorus has been a part of Tucson since 1947.  Men of all ages are invited to join us in preserving and performing this unique American art form.

Tucson Desert Harmony is a member of Region 21 of Sweet Adelines International, a world-wide organization of women who love to sing four-part harmony. We sing a cappella in the barbershop style.

Tucson Girls' Chorus, founded in 1985, the Tucson Girls Chorus is recognized as an outstanding choral education program working with girls from Kindergarten through High School in seven choirs.

Tucson Masterworks Chorale, founded in 1949, about 100 female and male singers, new artistic director is Yoojin Muhn.

Tucson Women’s Chorus, founded in 2002, about 40 vocalists, led by Catherine Shaw since 2015.

Voices in the Oaks is a community chorus, comprised of singers from Oracle, the surrounding communities, and the general Tucson area. The only requirements to sing with the chorus are a love of singing, the dedication to attend rehearsals and learn music, and to perform to your best ability. The ability to read music while helpful, is not a requirement to be a member of the chorus, and there is no audition!

For more information, contact Terrie Ashbaugh at (520) 404-3148 or information@azsings.org.

ACAA PO Box 64576 Tucson, AZ 85725

ACAA is a member of Chorus America.

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