The Arizona Women’s Chorus is comprised of women ages 18 and older from all walks of life. We are an advanced adult women’s chorus singing a wide variety of repertoire from jazz to classical, Broadway to international and everything in between. This chorus’s past history includes tours by invitation, collaborations with other musical groups, and commissioning of new works for women’s voices.
AWC provides an opportunity for women to sing as a choral community and to inspire and enrich the lives of their audience, and strives to perform a varied repertoire in order to benefit and educate the southern Arizona community and beyond.
We are a group of dedicated vocalists who gather to rehearse and perform a wide variety of repertoire. We occasionally travel to festivals or events, by invitation. The rehearsal year is divided into two semesters: the fall session usually begins the first Monday in September after Labor Day and the spring session begins in early January. There are no rehearsals in the summer.
The Conductor, Terrie Ashbaugh, hears auditions for all new singers. This is to determine how each singer and each voice fits within the chorus. During the audition, range and voice part are tested, as well as singing a melody from a familiar song like “Silent Night.” The audition process takes place before the semester’s rehearsals start.
- Email: AWCsings@gmail.com
- Phone: (520) 404-3148
- Rehearsal location: 2150 E Orange Grove Rd, Tucson, AZ.
- Mail: AWC PO Box 68019 Tucson, AZ 85737-9998
Terrie Ashbaugh, MM
Terrie Ashbaugh has been a professional musician for over 50 years. She received her BA in piano performance from Seattle Pacific University and Masters Degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Arizona under Dr. Maurice Skones.
Terrie directed the Columbia Boys Choir and Columbia Girls Choir (2 separate choirs) Preparatory and Training choirs (concert level choirs consistently won top awards), and the Kirkland Choral Society, Kirkland, Washington, in addition to directing music ministries at several churches in the Seattle area. In Arizona, after the choral conducting program disbanded it, she formed the University of Arizona Faculty/Staff choir as an independent chorus. Since 1998, she directed the Southern Arizona Women’s Chorus, now newly formed as the Arizona Women’s Chorus. Terrie is recently retired as full time Director of Worship and Administration at Ascension Lutheran Church and School. In 2008 she was nominated as an Individual Artist for the Governor’s Arts Awards, in 2009 received a letter of recognition from the Mayor of Tucson for her contribution to the community, and in 2011 was nominated for the Tucson/Pima Arts Council Arts Educator Award. She has had the privilege to direct on the stage alongside Dr. Rene Clausen, Dr. Kirby Shaw, and Rollo Dilworth. Terrie also composes and arranges music for her various choirs.
In 2010 Terrie co-founded the Women In Song festival with 100 women attending in Seattle, Washington. In 2013 this festival was hosted by the Southern Arizona Women’s Chorus in Tucson. She also founded in 2013 the Arizona Choral Arts Association which supports choral arts by providing education to the diverse southern Arizona community through promoting choral arts and choral performances, as well as to enable choruses to network, collaborate, and market using shared resources. In 2014-16 she served 2 terms on the Board of Directors of the Arizona Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association (AzACDA) as the Repertory and Standards Chair for Community Choirs.
Meily J. Mendez, PhD
Dr. Meily J. Mendez is an accomplished solo and collaborative pianist who has taught piano for 16 years. She received her Doctorate in Musical Arts in Piano Performance from the
University of Arizona’s Fred Fox School of Music, studying with Steinway artist, Dr. John Milbauer. Dr. Mendez has
performed at various venues, including the Leo Rich Theater Performance Hall, the Stevie Eller Theater, and the Brechemin Hall, and has performed as a solo and collaborative artist in both the US and Mexico. She teaches piano lessons and group piano classes to all ages and all levels. Each student is unique, and Dr. Mendez believes that each student has their own needs and abilities and subsequently tailors each lesson accordingly.
She is an active member of several professional music organizations that adhere to the highest standards of teaching and performing including Tucson Music Teacher’s Association, the Arizona State Music Teacher’s Association, and the Music Teacher’s National Association. Ms. Mendez has given presentations at the ASMTA conferences on topics such as Lera Auerbach’s 24 Preludes for Piano. She has served as an adjudicator for music competitions and she continues her research and performances of solo and
collaborative works. She is delighted to be performing with the Arizona Women’s Chorus.