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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     Coming November 14 & 16, linked short plays from the ASA Theatre Company,

    Laundry and Bourbon and Lone Star.    Read more . . . 

    Jackie Glazier, clarinet & Don-Paul Kahl, saxophone

    Tuesday, November 12

    Between Us, Truly Contemporary

    “Duo Entre-Nous”

    Jackie Glazier, clarinet

    & Don-Paul Kahl, saxophone

    11:30 am-12:30 pm,

    The Arizona Senior Academy Building

    UA clarinetist Jackie Glazier  and concert saxophonist Don-Paul Kahl return to ASA as Duo Entre-Nous in a program of contemporary works by young composers from five continents. Award-winning Jackie Glazier performs as a soloist and chamber musician in the U.S., Mexico and Europe. Based in Belgium, her collaborator Don-Paul Kahl performs throughout Europe and the U.S. and is an exponent of new composition for the saxophone.  Read more . . .

    Joanne Birdwhistell

    Wednesday, November 13

    “Chinese Philosophy

    in the Contemporary World”

    Joanne Birdwhistell

    2:30-3:30 pm,

    The Arizona Senior Academy Building

    Academy Village resident Joanne Birdwhistell, Professor Emerita of Philosophy and Asian Civilization at Stockton University (NJ), will elucidate the two main foundational traditions of Chinese philosophy, Confucianism and Daoism, and how they are relevant today.  Professor Birdwhistell is the author of several books and many articles on Asian philosophy. Read more . . .

    Thursday, November 14, 

    2:30-4:30 p.m.

    Saturday, November 16,

    7:00-9:00 p.m. 

    “Laundry and Bourbon” and “Lone Star,” companion short plays by James McLure.

    The ASA Theatre Company

    2:30-4:30 pm, The Arizona Senior Academy Building

    American playwright James McLure’s paired and praised post-Viet Nam short plays reveal the fraught lives among a small-town group of neighbors: three women in Laundry and Bourbon, and three men, their husbands, in Lone Star. This ASA Theatre production directed by Ron Danko reveals the comedy as well as the pathos of their lives and the era.

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    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 should arrive somewhat early.

    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!


    Performing at the Arizona Senior Academy, in their gorgeous location on the eastern side of Saguaro National Park East, is a high point of the year for both my students and myself.  The audience and administration are very welcoming to UA students and faculty, and the subsequent question-and-answer period is always informative. Daniel Katzen, UA Horn Professor

    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.

    To learn more about the ASA and our activities, click any of the topics below.


    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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