The non-profit ASA 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 adult community in the Rincon Valley of eastern Tucson. Founded by a former UA president, our affiliation with the University of Arizona downtown helps the ASA provide a rich year-round menu of public concerts and lectures. Each week we enjoy a range of talented artists, experts and scholars, including faculty guests sharing encores and previews of headline events. This has made ASA an audience magnet for much of eastern Tucson and beyond.

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    Crystal Kachevas
    Erika Burkhart

    Tuesday December 10

    “Tucson Desert Song Festival Preview”

    A Celebration of American Song

    11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., The Arizona Senior Academy Building

    Sopranos Erika Burkhart and Crystal Kachevas will present a recital of American songs by composers including Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber, and Ned Rorem, in a preview of the 2020 Tucson Desert Song Festival, January 16-February 6, at the Tucson Music Hall.  They will be accompanied by Bonnie Bird at the piano. Read more . . .


    Scott Stark


    Wednesday, December 11  

    “The Amazon: Heart or Lungs of the World:

    How We Can Preserve Its Life-sustaining Function”

    Scott Stark

    2:30-3:30, The Arizona Senior Academy Building

    Scott Stark, Assistant Professor of Forest Ecology at Michigan State University, asks us join him in exploring the wondrous Amazon rainforest, learning how to preserve it, and sharing experiences like climbing into 160-foot tall trees for research!   Read more . . .



    Brent Dennis

    Thursday, December 12

    “Organic First Weed Control”

    Brent Dennis, Director,

    Tucson Parks and Recreation

    2:30-3:30 p.m., The Arizona Senior Academy Building

    Mr. Brent Dennis, Director of Tucson Parks and Recreation, will speak on the program of “Organic First,” a poison-free protocol for maintaining the city’s large array of public spaces, from dog parks to parks containing hundreds of acres of recreational space.    Read more . . .


    Lawrence Lipnik
    Southwest Arizona Viola da Gamba Society

    Saturday, December 14   SPECIAL EVENT

    “Open Rehearsal

    of Renaissance Music

    for Voices and Viols”

    Southwest Arizona

    Viola da Gamba Society

    players and singers

    under the direction of

    Lawrence Lipnik

    10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.,

    The Arizona Senior Academy Building

    Under the direction of an international star of the viola da gamba, Lawrence Lipnik, local players and singers will present an open rehearsal of Renaissance music for Viols and Voices.  The pieces will include Advent anthems by composers such as William Byrd, Thomas Tompkins, and Peter Phillips, with introductions and commentary by the director.  Audience members may come and go at will during the breaks between pieces. Questions will be welcome throughout.  Read more . . . 



    ASA FacilityThe non-profit Arizona Senior Academy (ASA) is the cultural hub of the Academy Village/Altura retirement community for active adults in eastern Tucson and we have a public service mission to enhance lifelong learning and creativity. Located at the foot of the beautiful Rincon range in eastern Tucson, we are on the southern side of Saguaro National Park East, not far from Vail, AZ. (See map)

    To attend an event: Public concerts and lectures at the ASA are free of charge. But if you wish to assure seating, you should arrive somewhat early.

    Postal Address: 13715 E. Langtry Lane, Tucson, AZ 85747


    The ASA is supported solely by membership dues from Villager residents and tax deductible donations from fans, families and friends. All contributions welcome with thanks!


    Gabriela Rico, Arizona Daily Star
    The Centerpiece of the Academy Village is the academy itself where residents can attend week;y concerts, discussion groups and lectures. (April 1, 2017)

    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 non-profit Arizona Senior Academy was conceived by former UA president Henry Koffler before any homes were built in our community. Then and now, the ASA mission has been to support extended learning, creative engagement, mentoring and public service over the entire span of retirement.

    The lectures and concerts each week are open to the public and cover a wide range of content from science and technology to health, humanities and creative arts. This diversity also complements the aims of those who are not yet fully retired but wish to explore new interests or prepare for “encore” careers.

    Our village is an over-55 community and all residents become full dues-paying 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. For example, the ASA support organization, Academy Services Corporation, runs the Academy Health Care Program on a subscription basis for resident members.

    Many supporters from east Tucson and nearby Vail who attend our public events also make contributions to the ASA as “Friends” and “Fans” of the Academy. 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.


    Lively Arts & Music

    Weekly concerts feature classical, pop, jazz, folk and world music of many kinds — plus ample opportunity to interact with artists who are pleased to engage...
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    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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