Meet the Director

Terrie Ashbaugh

E-mail Terrie: Terrie@SAWC

See Article on Terrie and SAWC in April 2016 Tucson Lifestyle Magazine:  (Photo In Tucson Lifestyle) (Article Text)

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.

As a director, 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 recently 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 Music 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. She has had the privilege to direct on the stage alongside Dr. Rene Clausen, Dr. Kirby Shaw, Rollo Dilworth, and Dr. Julian Ackerley.

As accompanist Terrie has served for the Internationally Award winning Columbia Boys and Girls Choirs, Victory Productions "Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat", Arizona Theatre Company "Swingin' On A Star", Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus, Tucson Girls Chorus, Anshei Israel Congregation pianist, and the University of Arizona, choral, voice, and brass studios. She has traveled to USSR, Czech Republic, Germany, and Quebec, Montreal, Powell River, Canada accompanying award winning choirs.

Terrie has been a guest clinician for Hand Bell techniques at the Regional Hand Bell conference, Tacoma, Washington and Spring Ring, Tucson, Arizona; for vocal techniques with the Sunshine Chorus; Tucson chapter of the SPEBSQSA (twice); and choral techniques for Shoreline High School (Woodinville, WA),  Santa Rita and Amphitheatre High Schools (Tucson, AZ). She has also served as adjudicator for the ChoDa Choral Festival for Middle Schools, and the Arizona Music Educators Regional Solo competition in Tucson, Arizona.

As a private voice instructor, her students have obtained roles with Seattle Opera Company, won 1st and 2nd place awards in National Association of Teachers of Singing Competitions, placed in the music theatre program at the University of Arizona (very strenuous auditions/program) and consistent Regional and All State Choir winners.

Terrie also composes and arranges music for her various choirs.

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