Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus Updates
Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus
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 lessons, 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 Christmas Tree Lot is moving to a new location for the 2017 holiday season.....at the southeast corner of Broadway and Columbus at 4300 E. Broadway Blvd. next to the Girl Scouts building. Now in its 64rd year of operation, the tree lot is staffed by Chorus members and their parents, and has been a traditional holiday fundraiser for the non-profit group. The Boys Chorus Christmas Tree Lot will be open November 28 - December 22, from 12:00 noon to 9:00 PM Mondays through Thursdays, 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM Fridays and Saturdays and 10:00AM to 7:30 PM on Sundays. The Boys Chorus Christmas Tree Lot features a large selection of beautiful fresh cut Christmas trees at competitive prices. Trees available include Douglas Fir, Noble Fir, Grand Fir, and Eastern Balsam. The Tucson Boys Chorus lot specializes in large trees for businesses, churches and organizations. Custom orders and deliveries are available. The Chorus also sells fresh wreaths, garland and table centerpieces.
The Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus is celebrating its 75th Anniversary and will commemorate the occasion 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.
The Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus is committed to strengthening the future one voice at a time with a Holiday Concert on Sunday, December 14th with performances at 3:00 PM and 7:30 PM at Crowder Hall at the University of Arizona. Tickets are available online at www.boyschorus.org
Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus in the News
Dr. Julian Ackerley Named Choral Director of the Year
Julian Ackerley has been named Arizona's Choral Director of the Year. The award was presented by the American Choral Directors Association Arizona Chapter at its recent Four Seasons Conference in Scottsdale. Dr. Ackerley was noted for his long term excellence to the profession of choral music.
Director of the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus since 1980, Julian Ackerley has achieved national and international acclaim as an accomplished conductor and administrator. He has taken the Boys Chorus on performance tours spanning five continents and over 25 countries. Under his direction, the Chorus has made numerous recordings and has collaborated with national symphony orchestras, choirs and opera companies.
Ackerley is an experienced teacher who received his doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Arizona with special emphasis in music education, vocal performance and choral conducting. He has long been a guest conductor and clinician at numerous choral festivals and All-State Choirs.
In addition, Ackerley is the Director of Music at St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church in Tucson and serves as the National Boychoir Repertoire and Standards Chair for the American Choral Directors Association.
The Tucson Boys Chorus named 2012 Tucson Rodeo Grand Marshal
The entire group of the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus is the 2012 Grand Marshal of The Tucson Rodeo Parade.
The Tucson Rodeo Parade Committee typically honors individuals as its Grand Marshal. In 2012, the Parade Committee honored a Tucson institution and the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus lead the 2012 Tucson Rodeo Parade on February 23, 2012.
The Boys Chorus exemplifies the tradition, culture, and southwest heritage that are epitomized in the Rodeo Parade. They have always included western songs such as "Ghost Riders in the Sky'," "Cool Water" and "Ragtime Cowboy Joe" in their repertoire.
The Boys Chorus was founded in 1939 by Eduardo Caso, a nationally known tenor who moved to Tucson to recuperate from tuberculosis.
Caso took the boys on tours, introducing them to national audiences at the 1950 Chicago World's Fair and on television programs such as the Bell Telephone Hour, the Ed Sullivan Show, and the Mike Douglas Show.
The Tucson Boys Chorus became international stars on tours of Europe in 1955, and Australia in 1960.
In 1963 they sang at the White House at the annual Christmas tree-lighting ceremony representing as Tucson's "Ambassadors in Blue Jeans."
The Chorus has had only four Directors in its 72 year history. Caso continued as director until his sudden death in 1965. Jeffrey Haskell, a University of Arizona doctoral student stepped in and served as Director for the next 10 years.
In 1975 Dr. John Davis, a former soprano for the Boys Chorus, was named Director and continued the Chorus' tradition of touring and community representation.
The Chorus' current Director, Dr. Julian Ackerley took charge in 1980. Ackerley took the boys on tour to the Soviet Union, Germany, Austria and Poland to celebrate their 50th anniversary in 1990. They continue to tour nationally and internationally to locales such as Mexico, New Zealand, China, Southeast Asia, Europe, and South America.
The Tucson Boys Chorus has represented the United States at international choral gatherings in South Korea, Hong Kong, and the Czech Republic. They have performed at several American Choral Director's Association Conferences, AmericaFests singing festivals, the World Symposium on Choral Music, the International Children's Choir Festival, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
In 1996 the Boys Chorus received the Governors Arts Award for Arts in Education acknowledging their artistic excellence as well as their aggressive community outreach program.
The boys are also recording stars. They recorded their first album in 1959.
They have recorded numerous albums featuring American popular music, Western ballads, patriotic favorites, Christmas and Hanukkah standards, and religious and spiritual classics.
The Boys Chorus has passed along the principles of discipline, responsibility, commitment, and hard work to thousands of young men.
Photo: The 2012 Tucson Boys Chorus members.
Tucson Boys Chorus P.O. Box 12034 Tucson, Arizona 85732
Dr. Julian Ackerley, Director
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