Staff & Board
Dr. Julian Ackerley, Director
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Director of the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus since 1980, Julian Ackerley has achieved international acclaim as an accomplished conductor and administrator of children’s choral performing arts organizations.
Dr. Ackerley has taken the Chorus on performance tours spanning five continents and over 20 countries. Under his direction, the Chorus has made numerous recordings and has collaborated with national symphony orchestras and opera companies.
Dr. Ackerley is an experienced teacher, having taught music at all levels from elementary to university students. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Arizona with special emphasis in music education, vocal performance and choral conducting. He has been a guest conductor and clinician at numerous state, national and international choral festivals and conferences.
Peter Fischer, Assistant Conductor
Peter Fischer is completing his masters in choral conducting at the University of Arizona. Prior he was active in New York City as a professional singer and worked with young voices including the Youth & Children’s Choir Director at Irvington Presbyterian Church and at the high school of Grace Church in Manhattan.
Peter is a native of Georgia, He was a member of the Atlanta Boy Choir and received his Bachelor’s in Music Education from Westminster Choir College where he was mentored by conductors Joseph Flummerfelt and James Jordan. He has sung with many orchestras including the San Francisco Symphony, the Kirov Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic. Peter participated in recording projects including two Grammy Award winning albums. He was a founding member of two a cappella groups and sang with the vocal jazz quartet Vox Bop. Peter is a composer with arrangements published through GIA.
Marie Sierra is a professional pianist who performs collaboratively in over 40 concerts annually and serves as the Touring Accompanist for the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus. Ms. Sierra toured with the Boys Chorus in Russia, Kazakhstan, the Czech Republic, Japan, South Korea, China and throughout the United States. She has performed and recorded with flautist Viviana Cumplido of the Phoenix Symphony, Michael Becker of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, and with Yamaha Saxophone Artist, Michael Hester, on Seasons and An American Patchwork.
Marie is in demand as an accompanist throughout the United States and Mexico. Additionally, she has performed at numerous international music conferences, including the ITEC conferences in Denver, Colorado, Riva del Garda, Italy and Greensboro, North Carolina. Marie has served on the faculties of the Belmont University in Nashville and the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in piano performance at the University of Miami and resides in Tucson with her husband Hank Feldman and their two children, Samantha and Nicholas.