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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Skyline Flutes

Tuesday, May 21, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

“Celebrating the Fairest of the Fair”

Skyline Flutes

Skyline Flutes, made up of Jerry Ervin, Sandy Schwoebel, Fran Moskovitz, and Jeneanne Rabon, return once again to the Arizona Senior Academy to extend this year’s Mother’s Day celebration with a program of music honoring women. Formed in 2009, this popular ensemble performs on flute, piccolo, alto flute, and bass flute. This will be their tenth appearance at the ASA.  The quartet’s selections for the concert include pieces by familiar composers, such as Handel, Mendelssohn, John Philip Sousa, and Duke Ellington, as well as less familiar names such as Eric Ewazen, Lennie Niehaus, Catherine McMichael, and Erroll Garner.

Brian Moon

Wednesday, May 22, 2:30 – 3:30 pm

Brian Moon

“The Changing Nature of Music and Music Festivals”

Advancements in technology have affected many aspects of music, from the way it is produced, promoted and distributed to the way it is consumed and performed. One type of music consumption and performance that has been profoundly affected by technological change is the music festival, a way of presenting music with a history going back to the time of Ancient Greece.   Dr. Moon will explore how technological changes have affected the nature and experience of music festivals over time as these new technologies have been infused into the musical experience.

Robert Vint

Thursday, May 23, 2:30 – 3:30 pm

Robert Vint

“The Restoration of San Xavier del Bac”

Robert Vint serves as preservation architect for Mission San Xavier del Bac. Dating from 1783, the Mission, the “White Dove of the Desert,” is the most significant historic building in Arizona and the oldest complete European structure in the state.  To preserve this history, the building has been subject to extensive restoration. Currently directing this intricate and complex process, Bob Vint will talk about San Xavier’s history and the impact of the architectural work. He will share his insights about the church’s design and how it has changed over the years, contributing his views about the unique challenges of restoring an historic structure.



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 may make reservations by sending an email to ASA Operations Manager Tremia Cox (

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!


Playing at the Academy offers the performer the unique experience of an audience that is simultaneously appreciative and stimulating. The questions that follow can lead to unusual and thought-provoking turns of conversation, both during the performance hour and at the congenial luncheon that so often follows. What a great place to play!

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.

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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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