About Us

The ACAA has openings for additional members for our Board of Directors, especially those with accounting or public relations experience.  If interested, please contact Terrie Ashbaugh.

The Arizona Choral Arts Association (ACAA) is a (501)(c)(3) not-for-profit umbrella organization for choral groups in the greater Tucson region. ACAA's vision is to develop and support the musical excellence of choral groups and singers with




Recent Affiliate Comments:“Sons of Orpheus joined the ACAA because of its outreach efforts to gain new audience members for choral programs, the most important means by which we will sustain ourselves.”

“The Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus values our membership with the Arizona Choral Arts Association.  Collaboration is a central part of the Boys Chorus mission and ACAA facilitates partnerships with other Southern Arizona choral groups.  Our visibility in the community has been enhanced by being included in ACAA presence at Tucson Meet Yourself and the Tucson Festival of Books.  The networking and shared resources has been helpful and we look forward to future benefits as ACAA expands.”

diverse backgrounds and capabilities. Its mission is to provide benefit and education to the diverse southern Arizona community through promoting choral arts and choral performances, as well as to enable choruses to network, collaborate, and market using shared resources.  As it builds its membership, ACAA anticipates providing choral directors and staff with a forum for discussing and exchanging ideas and information on topics such as audience development, advertising, public relations, fundraising, organizational structure, and the building of music libraries.


ACAA will also serve as a vehicle for music collaborations with local and national artists and for the commissioning of new music pieces.  ACAA is governed by a Board of Directors.


ACAA was developed as an outgrowth of the Southern Arizona Women’s Chorus (SAWC) when it became apparent SAWC and other choral arts organizations would benefit from improving communications, both among themselves and with the public.

Board of Directors

Kate Riley, President:

Kate has served as the Director, Finance and Operations for the BIO5 Institute at the University of Arizona since 2004.  She has been with the UA in similar roles since 1997, after completing her MBA (Finance/Management) at the UA in 1994.  In her current position, she is responsible for oversight of research administration, HR, payroll, accounting/bookkeeping, and facility operations for BIO5, an interdisciplinary research unit created in 2002 to address the need for new approaches to the major biological challenges of our time.


Kate has been very active in the music scene in Tucson since arriving in 1992. Through the years, she has sung with the University Community Chorus, Tucson Masterworks Chorale, UA’s Faculty/Staff Choir, SASO Chorus, Helios Ensemble, Arizona Repertory Singers, Tucson Symphony Orchestra Chorus, AwenRising, and has toured with the Southern Arizona Women’s Chorus. As a violinist, she plays with the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra (SASO), the Foothills Philharmonic Intergenerational Orchestra, and the annual Messiah Sing-In. She has also participated in shows with Arts Express and CYT, and is a staff singer at St. Andrew’s Episcopal church.


Carrie Hall, Vice President: Carrie Hall, Realtor with Long Realty; has been singing since the car seat. Performing and singing have been a constant in her life since the 4th grade, when she joined the chorus at Parkview Elementary School in San Jose, California; back when school districts had funding and in 4th, 5th and 6th grades recorded all-district record albums. Vinyl! When IBM moved Carrie and her mom to Tucson, the chorus-singing continued throughout middle school, high school and college. A graduate of Pepperdine University with a Bachelor's of Communication, Public Relations degree, Carrie had enough music credits to have a music minor. She didn't continue with a scholarship in Vocal Performance because music theory was disastrous; she did however, perform in all the musicals, choirs and small vocal ensembles throughout her years at university! After college, she discovered Barbershop and the love-affair with four-part harmony a cappella is still alive today. She has competed with and is still a member of the Current (2019) Sweet Adelines International Champion Chorus, The Scottsdale Chorus - commuting weekly for rehearsals and retreats. While an Associate member of Tucson Desert Harmony Chorus, in 2017 she was excited to instigate Moxie Singers, a small, mostly a cappella women's ensemble. Carrie loves road trips, meeting friends for coffee, spending time with Harley-girl, super-chewy-puppy, and singing in her quartet, Cheaper Than Therapy. Her motto is expressed perfectly by Ella Fitzgerald ~ "The only thing better than singing is more singing."


Brian Cochran, Secretary:

Brian Cochran was born in Ohio,  grew up in Alabama and received a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Alabama. He, his wife and daughter live in Tucson where he works as an engineer at Raytheon. Music has always been an important part of Brian's life. He played clarinet through high school and college, and continues to play, mainly  as part of his church's music program. He is also very interested in early music, plays recorder and baroque flute and is very involved in the Tucson Recorder Society. As an adult, Brian learned viola and currently plays viola  in his church orchestra. Another of Brian's hobbies is musical instrument building. He has built a number of stringed instruments including a couple of  violins, a treble viola da gamba and a Hardanger Fiddle (a Norwegian folk fiddle, decorated with mother of pearl and typical Norwegian Rosmaling).  Building instruments is enjoyable and results in appreciation of the amazing accomplishments of the luthiers of the past.


Brian believes in the importance of promoting  music in the Tucson community and as such he served for six years on the University of Arizona Music Advisory Board, the last two as co-chairman. He is excited to be part of the ACAA, supporting Choral Music in Arizona.


Terrie Ashbaugh, Artistic Director of the Southern Arizona Women's Chorus - Ex-Officio Member: You can see a complete biography for Terrie Ashbaugh HERE.


Vacant, Board Treasurer & Finance Chair


Ingrid Novodvorsky, Past Chair of Southern Arizona Women's Chorus


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