Students from the Vail School District joined The Vail Chorale for a performance at this year’s Festival of Books on the University of Arizona campus.

The Arizona Senior Academy is pleased to present the Chorale’s Spring 2018 concert, “The Vail Chorale on Broadway” beginning at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday (April 14) in the ASA Great Room.

The program will feature Broadway favorites from yesteryear and today, including selections from The Sound of Music, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, The Lion King, Wicked, Rent, Hamilton, and more.

Initiated as an outreach project of the Arizona Senior Academy in 2011, the Vail Chorale has evolved into a cultural institution serving the Greater Vail community and Tucson’s east side in general.

The Vail Chorale has enjoyed increased membership this past year as new singers learn about the non-auditioned community chorus that welcomes choral singers of all ages. The enthusiasm for singing together in harmony is evident during weekly rehearsals as the ensemble prepares for concerts each spring and fall. Audience members attest to the quality of musical performance and the camaraderie displayed by the singers.

Currently the Vail Chorale is directed by Brianna Petty, who took over leadership last year after founding director Fritz Reinagel relocated out of state. Under the able musicianship of Petty and assistant director Melissa Hale, the Chorale has continued to thrive. This season the Chorale has welcomed a new accompanist, Shantell Funckes, following the departure of long-time and much beloved accompanist Marilee Leishman, who is now caring for family members.

Jointly sponsored by the Arizona Senior Academy and the Vail School District, the Vail Chorale welcomes new singers of all skill levels each spring and fall. Rehearsals for the Fall 2018 season will begin in mid-August. For more information, see, or contact

Written by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village Volunteer

More Info on attending an event
Academy Village is an active-adult community located off Old Spanish Trail six miles southeast of Saguaro National Park East. Its residents support the Arizona Senior Academy, a non-profit charitable organization whose mission includes offering free concerts and lectures to the public.

These events are held in the Great Room of The ASA Building adjacent to the Academy Village Community Center. Due to the popularity of cultural events, non-residents who wish to ensure priority seating are advised to make reservations by email at or by phone at (520) 647-0980. To learn more about the Academy, go to

Parking for visitors is in the lot behind the Community Center. All parking spaces in front of the Academy building are reserved.

Vail Chorale Features Hits from Broadway: April 2018
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