About the Arizona Women’s Chorus

What People Are Saying About AWC

The Sunday concert at the Art Museum was absolutely marvelous and the chorus did a wonderful job. I was particularly impressed by the responsiveness of the many singers — almost like a small chamber choir — and the nuanced performance they offered. Also enjoyed the beautiful venue, whose atrium enhanced the soaring harmonies and dynamic contrasts. A wonderful surprise that a community chorus can be this artistic and professional!

That was a smashing concert, so lively and energetic. I was amazed that you all memorized all those songs, impressive. Thanks so much for the fun afternoon.

It was the best AZ Women’s Chorus concert I’ve been to. You looked like you were all having so much fun. The music was perfect for your voices, and the blend of parts was so good!! 

We thoroughly enjoyed your Arizona Women’s Chorus concert, “Goin’ Retro.” We didn’t really know what to expect, but we were so glad that we decided to attend.

AWC’s Spring 2024 Singers

As the premier women’s chorus of Tucson, AWC strives to sing quality music that showcases our voices and desire to entertain. We perform from the ever-expanding and highly varied repertoire written specifically for women’s or treble voices. Our performances have included music such as the Baroque Missa de Profunctis, Broadway medleys, Spanish folksongs, jazzy sambas, and more. We have commissioned new choral pieces for women’s voices by David Childs, Brant Adams, Khris Dodge, Sheena Phillips, Robert Cohen, and Mark Hayes. 

AWC has been directed by Terrie Ashbaugh since 1998. She was nominated for the 2008 Governor’s Arts Award, and received a letter of recognition from the Mayor of Tucson in 2009, bolstering her reputation as an outstanding choral director in the Southwest and beyond.


AWC prides itself on serving the community through collaborative performances with a variety of choral, instrumental, and dance ensembles. In 2010 Terrie cofounded the “Women In Song” festival in Seattle, Washington, and held it again in 2013 here in Tucson. Women’s choruses from California, Seattle, Alaska, and Canada participated with guest conductors Morna Edmundson and Sandra Snow. The chorus has hosted other guest artists Kirby Shaw, Rollo Dilworth, and Renee Clausen for workshops and performances.

Invited Tours

2024: Fifth Annual London Residency

2016: WWII Commemoration Ceremonies in Normandy, France, for D-Day and Pearl Harbor for Pearl Harbor Day

2006: Carnegie Hall

The music is not in the notes, but in the silence in between.

Wolfgang Amadeos Mozart

Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.

Berthold Auerbach

Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.


Three Great Ways to Support Us

AWC depends on tuition, ticket sales, and — like most nonprofits — your financial support. Because of COVID, our concert attendance has been small and, while we have reduced our expenses, we still rely on (and appreciate) your generosity. So please help any way you can.

1 Donate

Donate to AWC and support great music. We’re a 501(c)3 charitable organization. Donating online is easy, fast, and secure.

2 Sponsor

Sponsoring a concert comes with perks. We publish your ad in our program and feature your logo (with a link) on our website, so it’s a great value.

3 Buy Raffle Tickets