As the premier women's chorus of Tucson, the chorus strives to sing quality music that showcases the women's voices and fulfills their desire to entertain. Performances have included such music as the late Baroque period "Missa de Profunctis" on the same program as Broadway medleys, or Spanish folksongs and jazzy samba. The music is extremely diverse and sometimes very difficult. However, the women find that learning the music in a fun and encouraging environment keeps them coming back for more. Their reward is realizing something previously thought impossible. Singing with this chorus provides a deep sense of accomplishment and a sense of belonging that comes from the caring and support these women extend to each other.
Terrie Ashbaugh has been a professional musician for over 35 years. She received her BA in piano performance from Seattle Pacific University and Masters Degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Arizona under Dr. Maurice Skones. Beginning her career, Terrie directed the Columbia Boys Choir and Columbia Girls Choir (2 separate choirs) Preparatory and Training choirs (concert level choirs consistently won top awards), and the Kirkland Choral Society, Kirkland, Washington, in addition to directing music ministries at several churches in the Seattle area. In Arizona, she retired after 10 years as the first individual director of the Faculty/Staff choir at the University of Arizona and since 1998, has been directing the Southern Arizona Women's Chorus. Terrie is also full time Director of Worship and Administration at Ascension Lutheran Church and School. In 2008 she was nominated as an Individual Artist for the Governor's Arts Awards, in 2009 received a letter of recognition from the Mayor of Tucson for her contribution to the community, and in 2011 was nominated for the Tucson/Pima Arts Council Arts Educator Award.