Staff & Board
Dr. Julian Ackerley, Director
(520) 296-6277 ext. 1
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.
Renee Shane-Boyd, Administrative Director
Renee Shane-Boyd has been a music educator and administrator in Tucson for 39 years. She has served as president of the Arizona Music Educators Association, and is the Western Division President for the National Association for Music Education. She served for five years as the TABC Parent Executive Committee President and for four years as the President of the TABC Board of Directors. In addition to her role as the Administrative Director for the Chorus, Renee is the Director of Bands at Catalina Foothills High School.
Harrison Sheckler, Principal Accompanist
Originally from Iowa, Harrison Sheckler is currently a UA student working toward a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory and a Master of Music from Brooklyn College Conservatory both in Piano Performance.
Mr. Sheckler began piano lessons at the age of six and has spent nearly two decades studying, performing and accompanying singers and instrumentalists. He has earned multiple honors and awards including being the Terrace Hill Endowment for the Musical Arts Competition winner. He is the NAMTA Music Scholarship recipient and the Charles City Master of Fine Arts Award winner. He is the recipient of the William D. Black Memorial Prize in Piano and was the 3rd place grand champion in the Bill Riley Talent Search. In addition, he was named a Skokie Valley Concerto Competition finalist, Global Online Great Composers Piano Competition first place winner, and the second prize winner in the North International Competition.
Dr. Anne Grimes, Accompanist
Anne Grimes is delighted to have the opportunity to work with Dr. Ackerley and the talented young singers of TABC. She is a musician, music teacher, and music director in the Tucson area, currently on the music staff of Pima Community College. Dr. Grimes also serves as music director for Desert Springs PCA Church. Her experience in musical theater is vast: playing piano for 30 Gaslight Theater productions which includes 600 performances, music directing for Arts Express and CYT, and playing piano for many musical productions and theater groups.
Dr. Grimes’ education is exclusively from the University Arizona, including a Bachelor degree in piano performance and music education, a Master and Doctorate in Choral Conducting. She enjoyed playing piano for TABC on their 2018 China tour as well as at many local performances. Anne and her husband Jonathan have four grown children of whom they are very proud: Sarah (and Stephen) Lewis, Caleb, Seth, and Josiah Grimes.
Marie Sierra is a professional pianist who performs collaboratively in over 40 concerts annually and serves as the Young Men’s Ensemble 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 from the University of Miami.
Mary-Gray Lopez, Office Manager
(520) 296-6277 ext. 3
Mary-Gray has a B.A. in English Literature from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. She was raised in Prescott, AZ and has lived in Tucson since 2013. She comes to TABC after working in the hospitality industry - she has worked for Xanterra in Yellowstone National Park, Marriott International, and Canyon Ranch. In her spare time, Mary-Gray is an avid reader, enjoys traveling with her husband, and hanging out at home with her two cats.
Board of Directors:
Kelly Burkholder '68
Garrett Rohwer ‘04
Chris Hufford '77
Terry Kyte '94