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Dr. Julian Ackerley

Director

Julian Ackerley

Director of the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus since 1980, Julian Ackerley has achieved national and international acclaim as an accomplished conductor and administrator of children's choral performing arts organizations. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Arizona with special emphasis in music education, vocal performance and choral conducting. His many successes include national and international tours, numerous critically acclaimed recordings, collaborations with national symphony orchestras and opera companies and increased fiscal stability for the Chorus. He is an experienced teacher having taught at all levels, elementary to college, prior to his appointment with the Boys Chorus.

In addition to serving as director of the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus, Dr. Ackerley has also been the Associate Conductor of the International Children's Festival Chorus and Conductor of the American Youth Choir, a national honor choir of both boy and girl singers. As AYC conductor from its inception in 1999, Dr. Ackerley has conducted in international festivals in China, Mexico, South America and Europe. He is currently vice president of the International Society for Children's Choral and Performing Arts (ISCCPA), a board member for The Alliance For Arts and Understanding (AFAU) which is the umbrella organization for the AmericaFest Festivals, and is the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Repertoire and Standards Chair for boychoirs in the state of Arizona. Other professional affiliations include the Music Educators National Conference (MENC) and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity.

Dr. Ackerley often serves as a clinician and guest conductor. Most recently he was the conductor clinician at the 5th Biennial Boychoir and Young Men's Festival in Salem, Oregon and at the Children's Universal Music Festival in Fort Worth, Texas. He also served as an invited clinician for the Conductor's Symposium at AmericaFest, the internationally renowned festival held at St. John's University in Minnesota.

Under Dr. Ackerley's direction, the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus has flourished. He instills in his singers the importance of their responsibilities, the tradition they follow and the fine young men they are. The performances showcase the power of his comprehensive music program, administered with a caring hand while demanding the highest level of musicianship and discipline. Dr. Ackerley's dedication to artistic quality and the well being of his choristers has been key in building the reputation of the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus.

Discography

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Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus : Heaven Hath A Song : 00  1 CD : Julian Ackerley : 

Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus : Heaven Hath A Song

Review: On this recording the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus sings sacred music from the Renaissance through the twentieth century. This CD includes many great pieces such as, "Panis Angelicus" by Cesar Frank, "Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring" by J.S. Bach and "Erhore mich, wenn ich rufe" by Heinrich Schutz. Led by Julian Ackerley, the choir is accompanied by Douglas Bush on organ, Lisa Lemay on piano and the Southwest String Quartet. This recording features some truly heavenly songs.

Songlist: Gloria - A Choral Fanfare, O. Praise God in His Holiness , Panis angelicus , Erhore mich, wenn ich rufe, O Domine esu Christe , Cantata: Liebster, meie Seele saget , O Domine Jesu Christe , An die Musik , All People Clap Your Hands , Exsultate justi in Domino , Laudate Pueri Dominum , Dixit Dominus (II mvt.) , Jesu, the Very Thought of Thee , Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, BWV 147

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Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus : Holiday Treasures : 00  1 CD : Julian Ackerley : 

Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus : Holiday Treasures

Review: This recording features the sounds of the holiday season as expressed through the beautiful voices of the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus. It includes some of America's most loved holiday songs. This highly acclaimed choir sings "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" by Eddie Pola and George Wyle, John Rutter's "Candlelight Carol," "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" and many more. You will enjoy listening to these holiday treasures.

Songlist: It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year (Eddie Pola, George Wyle), Candlelight Carol (John RUtter), God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen (Trad), Shehechanyu (Trad Hebrew Prayer), Hanukkah Song (Yiddish Folksong), Christ Is Born Today (Kirby Shaw), Agnus Dei (from MIssa Brevis in C minor) (Imant Raminsh), Do You Hear What I Hear (Noel Regney, Gloria Shayne), Fum, Fum, Fum (Trad Spanish Carol), The Christmas Song (Mel Torme, Robert Wells), White Christmas, There Is No Christmas Like A Home Christmas (Mickey J. Addy, Carl Sigman), Home for the Holidays (Al Stillman), Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Hugh Martin, Ralph Blaine), Jingle Bells (J. Pierpont), We Wish You A Merry Christmas (Trad English Carol)

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Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus : Inspiration : 00  1 CD : Julian Ackerley : 

Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus : Inspiration

Review: This recording is a collection of contemporary songs of enlightenment. A mixture of classical compositions and popular songs which matches the pure sound of young male voices with some of America's most inspiring songs, including "The Wind Beneath My Wings" arranged by Jeffrey Haskell, "Come Let's Be Merry" by James Mulholland, "Over the Rainbow" and "Let There Be Praise" arranged by Ed Lojeski. These songs come with a message of hope and enlightenment.

Songlist: Send Me a Child , Joyfully Sing, The Wind Beneath My Wings , Hero (, Come Let's Be Merry , Love in Any Language , The Greatest Love of All, Over the Rainbow (, When You Wish Upon A Star , Let There Be Praise , We Are the Young , My Heart Will Go On , That's When the Music Takes Me

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Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus : Songs Of The Saddle...and South Africa : 00  1 CD : Julian Ackerley : 

Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus : Songs Of The Saddle...and South Africa

Review: Since its initiation in 1939, the TABC has long established itself as a quality community choir with international acclaim, that combines high artistic quality with an incredibly diverse repertoire. One genre that has garnered worldwide attention is the Choir's signature western repertoire, representing the rich history of the American cowboy. Included in these14 songs are traditional tunes like "Sing Me a Song of the Saddle," "Home on the Range" and "Riders in the Sky," and contemporary selections like Willie Nelson's deathless "On the Road Again," "Don't Rock the Jukebox," and "Boot Scootin' Boogie." Added bonuses are 4 African songs performed on their four week tour to South Africa, "Adiemus," "Singabahambayo," "Haleluya! Pelo Tsa Rona," and the beautiful "Siyahamba." Some piano accompaniment. Dr. Julian Akerley, director since 1980, leads Tucson's renowned ambassadors of song in a special, highly enjoyable, western-flavored collection of great music!

Songlist: They call the wind Maria, Tumblin' Tumbleweeds, Home on The Range, Sing Me A Song of the Saddle, Riders In The Sky, Crazy, On The Road Again, Don't Rock The Jukebox, Forever and Ever Amen, Boot Scootin' Boogie, Adiemus, Singabahambayo, Haleluya! Pelo Tsa Rona, Siyahamba

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