Our Conductor: 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 in choral conducting from the University of Arizona under Dr. Maurice Skones. In addition to conducting, she composes and arranges choral music and has been a strong advocate for choral music through her involvement in various organizations.

2008: Nominated as an Individual Artist for the Governor’s Arts Awards.

2009: Received a letter of recognition from the Mayor of Tucson for her contribution to the community.

2011: Nominated for the Tucson / Pima Arts Council Arts Educator Award.

Terrie has directed the Arizona Women’s Chorus (formerly the Southern Arizona Women’s Chrous) since 1998. Prior to AWC, she directed two preparatory and training choirs — the Columbia Boys Choir and the Columbia Girls Choir — which consistently won top awards at the concert level; the Kirkland Choral Society in Kirkland, Washington; and music ministries at several churches in the Seattle area. In Arizona, she formed the UA’s faculty/staff choir as an independent chorus after the choral conducting program disbanded it. Terrie has had the privilege to direct on the stage alongside Dr. Rene Clausen, Dr. Kirby Shaw, and Rollo Dilworth.

In 2010, Terrie cofounded the Women In Song festival, which 100 women attended, in Seattle. In 2013, this festival was hosted by SAWC in Tucson. She also founded in 2013 the Arizona Choral Arts Association, which provides education to the diverse southern Arizona community by promoting choral arts and performances and enables choruses to network, collaborate, and market using shared resources. In 2014–16 she served two 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.

The human voice is an expression of our soul.  What’s inside us comes out through the medium of our voice whether it is speaking or singing.

Johan Sundberg

Words make you think a thought. Music makes you feel a feeling. A song makes you feel a thought.

E.Y. Harburg

A painter paints pictures on canvas, but musicians paint their pictures on silence.

Leopold Stokowski

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

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