The non-profit Arizona Senior Academy exists to support lifelong engagement with extended learning, creativity and public service for adults in or near retirement. We are located in the Academy Village/Altura active 55+ adult community in the Rincon Valley of eastern Tucson. Founded by a former UA president, our affiliation with the University of Arizona helps the ASA provide a rich year-round menu of public concerts,  lectures, and activities. Each week we enjoy a range of talented artists, experts, scholars, and musicians as well as classes and activities for members, all of which provide active engagement in learning.  


To our Members and Friends:

PLEASE NOTE:  Due to the Omicron variant of COVID, until January 31,  ASA is cancelling in-person concerts, live lectures, and other large gatherings. Lectures will be provided through ZOOM.  

Our Lectures are free and open to the public and ASA members through the internet, and may be seen through ZOOM.  Zoom Link to All Webinars Here.   Password: 85747.   In addition, some of the webinars will be available 10 days after each presentation as Lecture Videos.

Recorded Concerts by our presenters are available to the general public as well as ASA members via our Video Concerts.  


New Concerts available on Video

Daniel Linder plays Debussy, Beethoven & Copland” – posted 1/21/2022

University of Arizona faculty artist, pianist Daniel Linder, returns to the ASA stage in times of Omicron surge, to record a thrilling virtual recital featuring Debussy’s “Hommage à Rameau” from Images, Book I, Beethoven’s Piano Sonata Op. 101, and Copland’s Piano Sonata. Daniel Linder is a versatile pianist, chamber musician, and teaching artist who has performed solo and collaborative recitals to high acclaim across the U.S. and internationally, and his performances have been heard on KUAT Classical Radio. For more information, contact Dr. Linder at

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Sly Slipetsky plays Jazz Piano Heroes” – posted 1/21/2022

Daniel “Sly” Slipetsky Jr returns to the Arizona Senior Academy, paying tribute to the jazz pianists who have inspired him, and showcasing his love for improvisation – which translates to audience satisfaction at every performance! This time Sly records a virtual concert, mixing well-known favorites with lesser known gems from the styles of Erroll Garner, George Gershwin, Harry Connick Jr, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Duke Ellington, and Dave Brubeck/Paul Desmond.

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**To access the complete set of ASA-sponsored video concerts, Click HERE



Samples of past events: Classical cello and piano by Sanda Schuldmann and Harry Clark; concert from Vail Chorale led by Academy member, Fritz Reinagel; lectures on topics in science and art; ASA concert by steel drum band from Empire High; concert by Ronstadt Generations; pre-season Downton Abbey preview at ASA via PBS and KUAT

The ASA mission is to support extended learning, creative engagement, mentoring and public service over the entire span of retirement It is is located within Academy Village, a 55-plus retirement community in Southeast Tucson, Arizona.

All residents of Academy Village become full dues-paying Senior Academy members at age 60, providing support for the ASA. In addition to the concerts and lectures each week, the resident members have a number of amenities available to them.

The ASA support organization, Academy Services Corporation, runs the Academy Villas, an assisted living residence.

Live lectures and musical programs are available to ASA members;  and live zoom webinars, videos of lectures, and recorded concerts on videos are available to the general public.

From time to time, our members and friends also make direct donations to sponsor the appearance of an artist or expert of special interest.

This mosaic depicts a sampler of past events, including a concert by the Vail Chorale founded and led by an Academy member, plus an early preview of the the final season of Downton Abbey which was co-hosted by ASA and our local PBS station KUAT.

To learn more about the ASA and our activities, click any of the topics below.


Lifelong Learning

Expert speakers on topics from current events to ancient history, and everything in between plus frequent updates from UA scientists making headlines.
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Public Service

ASA members are encouraged to stay active and use their experience and energy to help the community at large.
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About ASA

Our members have different backgrounds, but share a commitment to making retirement a time of cultural enrichment and intellectual stimulation.
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