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For immediate release: March 6, 2017

Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus Expands to Northwest

Through a partnership with the Town of Oro Valley, the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus will be expanding its program this spring to the Marana/Oro Valley area. Under the leadership of Chorus Director Julian Ackerley, the additional Boys Chorus ensemble will be a new musical opportunity for boys in northwest Tucson. 

The group begins on Friday, March 24. Sessions will be held Fridays at the Oro Valley Town Hall Complex from 4:00pm-5:15pm for boys ages 6 to 12 years. There will be seven sessions from March 24 to May 5 where boys will learn music, make friends and be trained at fancy trick rodeo roping a unique feature of the Boys Chorus program. The nominal $75 fee includes seven music rehearsals, a rodeo rope and a free unlimited wristband to the Fun Day at Golf N’ Stuff.

To be known as the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus Northwest Voices, the singers will have their debut performance at the POPS CONCERT on Saturday, May 6, 3:00pm and 7:30pm at Catalina Foothills High School Auditorium.

The Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus is committed to strengthening the future one voice at a time through its mission of providing all boys in the community, regardless of need, an enriched educational experience through the study and performance of choral music. The Chorus endeavors to impart musical, social, and leadership skills that build self-esteem and have a sustaining impact on its members. Many parents count the Boys Chorus as important to developing core values and providing direction for their sons.

Oro Valley has received national recognition for its support of the arts. Interim Oro Valley Town Manager Daniel G. Sharp commented, “We are all in on this project. It is a privilege to partner with such a prestigious group.” For information or to register for Northwest Voices; call 296-6277, email or visit



For immediate release: January 25, 2017

Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus Classic Concert

The Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus will present two performances of its annual CLASSIC CONCERT. Tucson’s eastside concert will be on Saturday, February 18, 7:30pm at Our Mother of Sorrows Church, 1800 S. Kolb Road. The northwest side presentation is Sunday, February 19, 3:00pm at Ascension Lutheran Church, 1220 West Magee Road.

Under the direction of Dr. Julian Ackerley, the chorus will perform time-honored music representing a wide range of repertoire. Included will be selections by Mozart, Hadyn, and Bach. Vocal artistry comes to life in this acclaimed concert, featuring repertoire of Baroque, Classical and Romantic choral masters as well as twentieth century works. Indicative of the performance styles of the musical eras, the boys’ pure treble voices will be joined by the tenors and basses of the Young Men’s Ensemble accompanied by strings.

The combined voices will perform Missa Brevis in F by Franz Joseph Haydn and two motets by Anton Bruckner Christus factus est and Locus iste among other selections. All the members of the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus, including the younger Training Chorus and TowneSingers, conclude the concert with a grand finale.

Tickets for the CLASSIC CONCERT are $15.00 in advance, $18.00 at the door, and $8.00 for children under 12. Advance tickets are available online at, at the Boys Chorus office 5770 E. Pima Street, or by calling 296-6277.

If you know of a boy age 6-12 who would like to join of the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus, contact the chorus office (520) 296-6277. Founded in 1939, the Boys Chorus is in its 77th continuous year. Under the leadership of longtime director Dr. Julian Ackerley, the boys travel throughout United States and around the world and share the spirit and vitality of the American southwest through music and cultural exchanges. The Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus is dedicated to providing boys in the chorus an enriched educational experience through the study and performance of choral music. The Chorus endeavors to impart musical, social and leadership skills that build self-esteem and have a sustaining impact on its members. Representing and serving the community as an artistic and cultural resource are fundamental to the Chorus mission.

For More Information: Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus (520) 296-6277



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  November 1, 2016


     The Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus will present its annual Holiday Concert on Saturday, December 17 at 3:00pm and 7:30pm at the UA School of Music Crowder Hall.  Under the direction of Julian Ackerley and accompanied by a small orchestral ensemble, the choristers will perform music of the season including Christmas carols, sacred songs and Hanukkah selections. 

     A distinctive feature will be the joining of the Touring Chorus with the Young Men’s Ensemble performing movements from Magnificat in D by Johann Sebastian Bach. Other selections on the concert include Silent Night, Do You Hear What I Hear, S’vivon, Deck The Halls, Let It Snow, White Christmas and the stunning a cappella version of Carol of the Bells which has become a signature piece for the Boys Chorus through the years.

     The Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus Holiday Concert is a popular Tucson tradition that began in 1939 with a Christmas Eve concert performed by eight boys under the direction of founder Eduardo Caso.  This year’s program features boys ages 6 through 21 who are members of the Touring Chorus, the TowneSingers, the Training Chorus the Cadet Choir and the Young Men’s Ensemble. Assistant Conductor, Gavin Ely, joins Dr. Ackerley in leading the singers.

     The Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus, known internationally for its traditional boychoir repertoire and western flair, has performed throughout the United States and the world.  Their local holiday concert is an established and popular event during the festive holiday season. 

    Reserved seat tickets for the Holiday Concert are $20.00 premium seating, $15.00 general and $8.00 for children under 12 and are available

at the Boys Chorus office located at 5770 E. Pima Street, online at or by calling (520) 296-6277.


Rehearsal – Fri Dec 16th – 11:00am to 4:00pm

St. Francis De Sales Gymnasium – 1375 S. Camino Seco

Full Chorus Final Rehearsal

Sat Dec 17th - 10:00am to 12:00 noon - UA Crowder Hall                                                                                            

Holiday Concerts

Sat Dec 17th - 3:00pm & 7:30pm - UA Crowder Hall



Tucson Boys Chorus - 296-6277

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Booth Joins the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus

Dr. Julian Ackerley, Director, Tucson AZ Boys Chorus; September 5, 2016

The Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus announced today that Nancy Davis Booth, nationally-renowned soprano, known locally as “The Voice,” is joining the staff as Development Director.

“I am so excited and honored to be working with Music Director Dr. Ackerley and the Board of Directors to establish a robust fundraising program for the TABC” says Booth.  “Through their national and international tours, this iconic chorus brings luster and recognition to Tucson and I’m proud to be working to ensure their success and viability.”

Booth brings a wealth of knowledge, talent and experience to the table.  A musician of the highest caliber with a national professional singing career which spans 35 years, she has held faculty positions at Concordia College and Butler University, and locally continues to direct performances at Pima Community College.  She holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Theater and a Master of Science Degree in Child Development and Family Studies.

Serving as Assistant Director and Director of Residential Services at Casa de los Ninos from 1990-1995 and Board President of the Southern Arizona Children’s Advocacy Center, she was placed in the center of child abuse and neglect issues as well as prevention programs in Pima County.  Most recently she was the Associate Director of Regional Development at the University of Arizona Foundation, securing philanthropic support for the UA, managing donors and prospects in seven national regions.

Drawing on a career which includes fund raising, development, prevention, higher education and professional performance, Booth is the ideal choice to lead TABC’s fund raising efforts.  States Ackerley, “I am thrilled to welcome Nancy to our team.  She brings to the Boys Chorus a strong background in both the arts and development.  It is a good match and I look forward to our partnership as we pursue possibilities for the future.”

            TABC has maintained a 77 year history serving as Tucson’s Goodwill Ambassadors.  Their international reputation has benefited Tucson, the boys and their parents.  The boys represent Tucson in the most positive light, building bridges and presenting quality musical experiences to audiences of all kinds.  Through participation in musical performance at the highest level, boys develop self-control, social values and self-esteem – proven by the many TABC alumni who have gone on to achieve success in fields of all kinds.

When asked why the TABC ‘s future is important, Booth responded “Singing in this chorus develops young men with character, service leadership and self-discipline – all necessary to success in life.   What greater way to improve our community.”