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The Arizona Choral Arts Association (ACAA) is a (501)(c)(3) not-for-profit umbrella organization for choral groups within the greater Tucson region. This web site provides information about who we are and how to get involved.

Welcome the latest members to ACAA, The Helios Ensemble and Tucson Desert Harmony. To find out more about them, visit their web sites.

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Fall Arts Season Gears Up


TUCSON, AZ – The fall arts season is gearing up and that’s something to sing about. Throughout greater Tucson, a wide variety of choruses are currently recruiting new members.

A go-to source for all things choral is the Arizona Choral Arts Association. Ten community choruses are members. Details of the varied singing opportunities, how to apply, rehearsal times and performance schedules can be found through the association’s website at:

Tucson has a rich musical history and has long been home to choruses ranging from mixed voices to choirs exclusively for boys, girls, men, and women. Four local choirs date back seven decades. Many have traveled and performed internationally as well as recorded CDs. Tucson’s broad choral community also includes the University of Arizona School of Music and numerous church choirs throughout the region.

People like to sing. As Ella Fitzgerald once said, “The only thing better than singing is more singing.”

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 new music director Elliott Jones

Songs 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 Terrie Ashbaugh

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, founded in 1947, about 30 singers, currently auditioning for a new music director

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 1984 for girls in kindergarten through 12th grade, five choir levels, directed by Marcela Molina since 2006

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

For more information, visit or contact Terrie Ashbaugh at (520) 404-3148 or

ACAA is now a member of Chorus America.

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