smartwayThe 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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To our Members and Friends:

For the general public and with the cooperation of our presenters, our programs are available on a “virtual” basis with concerts presented on YouTube, and lectures delivered via Zoom Webinars and later on videos accessible from this website. The concerts, lectures and classes are available, live, in the ASA auditorium for our ASA members.                                                      

ASA LECTURE UPDATE:  New Lectures from the ASA

 As in the past, our programs will be free and open to the public through the internet, with previews posted on this website (Event Schedule).  (Directions for using Zoom can be obtained by accessing the Zoom website and/or found on YouTube.  A Zoom account is NOT required to watch Zoom Webinars.) Lectures presented in the ASA auditorium are available, live, for ASA members.

VIDEOS OF THE WEBINARS: Some of the Webinars will be available 10 days after each presentation. Please click on this page for information on the available videos and how to access them.

 ➡ Please click this link to join the webinars Here:

Mark Wolfson, MD, and friend

Monday, November 29 

” Venomous Vertebrates of Arizona: Biology, Identification, Treatment”

Mark Wolfson

2:30pm – 3:30pm, an ASA Zoom Webinar



Retired internist and aficionado of venomous reptiles and snakes Mark Wolfson comes to share with us his knowledge and affection for the creatures, and to teach us how to deal with them and their defense mechanisms. Read More…





Tom Travis, credit: Virginia Richardson


Norm Scott

Wednesday, December 1 

“Sustainability in the Village: Exploration of Alternatives

Tom Travis and Norm Scott

2:30pm – 4:00pm, an ASA Zoom Webinar (Note longer time slot to accommodate discussion.)


Village residents will be asked to participate in discussions of alternatives for encouraging Sustainability in the Village presented by Tom Travis, ASA President, and Norm Scott, Chair of the Sustainability Committee. Read More…





Live concerts are now available for ASA members in the ASA Auditorium. The Arizona Senior Academy continues to make recorded concerts available for the general public as well as ASA members via our VIDEO CONCERTS.  These videos will remain available to view at your convenience unless otherwise indicated on the page. Below is the currently featured video. 

“Mr. Boogie Woogie”

Eric-Jan Overbeek, AKA Mr. Boogie Woogie, is known as the fastest, flashiest, piano-thumping boogie man from the Netherlands. He splits his time each year between his homes in the Netherlands and in Tucson. This internationally known pianist, singer and recording artist was voted Best European Blues Pianist in 2005 by the Trophees France Blues, was awarded Best Dutch Blues Pianist 2010 by the Dutch Blues Foundation, and won the Dutch Blues Challenge 2017. This rollicking video was recorded live for a limited ASA audience. For more Mr. Boogie Woogie, check out and subscribe to his You Tube channel:

Click HERE to watch video.  



“Ray Templin & Rob Boone – New Orleans Jazz”

Pianist Ray Templin and trombonist Rob Boone, members of Tucson’s Wildcat Jazz Band, take us on a lively journey to the traditional songs and instrumentals of New Orleans jazz. Ray Templin made his mark on the musical world as a pianist at Disneyland and had a recurring role on Matlock as the owner of Ray Templin’s Piano Bar. He is known internationally as a top traditional jazz pianist, drummer and entertainer. Rob Boone has performed with Sammy Davis Jr, Frankie Valli, Ray Charles, Bernadette Peters, Johnny Mathis, Kristin Chenowith, and has played in the touring shows of Wicked, Lion King, The Producers, Book of Mormon, Chicago, Music Man and countless other shows. Click HERE to watch video. 



“Chamber Music for Violin, Viola & Piano”

Good friends Toru Tagawa and the husband-wife team of Raphael Lizama and Woan Ching Lim present music for violin, viola and piano. The program begins with a Sonatina for Violin and Piano by Dvorak, then Canciones Populares Españolasfor Viola and Piano by De Falla, and finally all three play together in a Mozart Sinfonia Concertante. A native of Hiroshima, Japan, violinist Toru Tagawa is Music Director of the Tucson Repertory Orchestra and is also president of the American String Teachers Association of Arizona. Hailing from California, violist Raphael Lizama and Malaysian-born pianist Woan Ching Lim met as graduate students at the University of Arizona’s Fred Fox School of Music, and have often performed at the ASA, introducing us to other Tucson musicians as well.

 Click HERE to watch video.


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



 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!

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 that supports the Academy Villas, an assisted living residence.

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.


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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