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:

ASA live lectures and concerts are open to ASA members and the public.

A number of past lectures are available as Video Lectures: Click here.

Recorded Concerts by our presenters are also available via our Video Concerts. Click here

Arizona Senior Academy building and parking are wheelchair accessible.

The Koffler Great Room is equipped with an audio loop for the hearing impaired.


Current Presentations


Marnie Vance

Monday, Lecture, May 20, 2:30pm – 3:30pm, ASA Koffler Great Room “Shaping the Future: The Evolution of Cybersecurity and Intelligence Operations in the 4th Industrial Revolution” Marnie Vance will explain the Cyber Convergence Center’s pivotal role in shaping the future of cybersecurity and intelligence operations which will drive innovation in the 4th Industrial Revolution. She’ll underscore the College of Applied Science and Technology’s commitment to cultivating a future-ready workforce, offering students a fully immersive, synthetic training ground for honing their skills in real-world scenarios. Read More…




Diane Dittemore, Arizona State Museum

Wednesday, Lecture, May 22 2:30pm – 3:30pm, ASA Koffler Great Room “Southwest Native American Basketry at the Arizona State Museum” Diane Dittemore will share highlights of her recently published book, Woven from the Center: Native Basketry in the Southwest. She will share stories about the weavers, collectors, and donors that contributed to building the ethnographic basketry collection at the Arizona State Museum.  Read More…






WEDNESDAY EVENING CONCERT MAY 22nd, 7:00pm-8:00pm, ASA Koffler Great Room

“Music for Wind Quintet” showcases the World Premiere of Tucson composer Richard Hereld’s “Improvisations for Woodwind Quintet,” and features additional pieces for woodwinds. Mr. Hereld will be present to introduce his composition. Players include principals from the Tucson Symphony – Alexander Lipay (flute), Max Adler (oboe), Dario Brignoli (clarinet) and Marissa Olegario (bassoon) – plus guest artist from the San Antonio Philharmonic, Russell Rybicki (horn).



FRIDAY CONCERT MAY 24th, 11:30am-12:30pm, ASA Koffler Great Room

Percussionist Homero Ceron (marimba) is joined by Tucson Symphony Orchestra friends Ann Weaver (viola) and James Karrer (double bass) to play music from across the centuries including La Folia Variations by Corelli, a Baritone Sonata by Haydn, 3 Tangos by Piazzolla, and Minute Waltz for Chamber Trio by James Karrer.





. The Arizona Senior Academy and the AV Home Owners Association held a one day event with art produced by Academy villagers. Here is a slideshow that focuses on this art: click photo or here

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   POETRY: This Chapbook presents the poetry written during a class led by the well-known poet,  Nancy Fitzgerald. The poems were were recently presented to an audience in the ASA Great Room. For view of the Chapbook, click photo or here


PLAYS: “The Sunshine Boys”, a play by Neil Simon that premiered in 1972, was recently presented by the the Village Theater Group in the Arizona Senior Academy Great Room. This play-reading version involved a number of Academy Village residents, and was directed  by resident Mary Mitchell. Photograph by Deon Holt. Click photo or here for video




About Us
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 supports extended learning, creative engagement, mentoring and public service over the entire span of retirement. It 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 the public;  and videos of lectures and recorded concerts on videos are available on this website.

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.