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

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