Congratulations to Terrie Ashbaugh

and the Southern Arizona Women's Chorus

awarded Freedoms Foundation's Medal of Honor

On Monday, February 5, Terrie Ashbaugh and the Southern Arizona Women's Chorus were awarded the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge George Washington Gold Medal of Honor for service to Veterans in the community.

The award in the category of Special Events goes to is given for the significant events which take place on a day or several days which impact the community, state and/or nation while increasing an understanding of our American Way of Life. The award is the result of the chorus participation in the 2016 D-Day Commemoration ceremonies and most recently for their participation in the Pearl Harbor Memorial Commemoration, December 7, 2018 at Pearl Harbor.

On November 21, 1949 General Dwight D. Eisenhower presented 200 recipients with the first Freedoms Foundation National Awards. The ceremony took place in a barn on a colonial farm once occupied by Washington’s troops, which is now the site of the national headquarters of Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge.

Today, nearly 56,000 awards have been presented to Americans from all walks of life – the famous and the unknown, the young and old – from Maine to Hawaii. Large corporations and small businesspersons, farmers, students, teachers and military personnel have all been presented National Awards for their efforts to make America a better place for everyone.

This program was intended as a way to say thank you to those whose projects, words or deeds reflect the best of the American spirit of volunteerism by offering constructive solutions to contemporary problems. We search for those doing good work in their communities, people or organizations bringing about the best in the spirit of America.

Composer Robert S. Cohen Attends SAWC Winter Concert

SAWC's 2017 Winter Concert, Medieval, Boogie, Sacred, and More was an eclectic mix of choral genres.


The first half of the concert was on the lighthearted side with representation by Medieval tunes and some Christmas remakes of 1950s boogie woogie. Following a brief intermission, the audience was encouraged to join in the singing of several Christmas standards including a Hawaiian version of the 12 Days of Christmas.


The second half of the concert was more somber with a presentation of composer Robert S. Cohen's "Safe Places of the Heart", written in response to the tragic shooting at an Orlando night club.  This was the first presentation arranged for women's voices. The piece was followed by "Crossing the Bar" in memory of Judy Nolen, long-time member of SAWC who left us this past Thanksgiving.


Composer Robert S. Cohen and Artistic Director Terrie Ashbaugh.

All photographs © Louis Prinz 2017. Used by permission.

SAWC Perform at 2017 Pearl Harbor Commemoration



















December 7, 1941 was a day that would live in infamy and thrust the United States of America into the second World War. Now 70 years later Americans and people from all over the world gather to pay tribute to those who were here on that fateful day. The the ceremony and parade are organized to provide the public an opportunity to express their appreciation for the service and sacrifice of our veterans and their families.


Historic Programs is a not-for-profit organization committed to remembering people, places and events that have shaped the world. Whether it's the liberation of Europe during World War II, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution or paying tribute to those who were a force for change. Our officially recognized programs have both complimented the occasion and entertained audiences.  During the past two decades, thousands of people have joined with us at historic locations around the world to commemorate the past and celebrate the future with music and culture while saluting those people, places and ideals that have both inspired and united people for generations.


SAWC participated in the Opening Ceremonies and the Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade. The theme of the Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade is "remembering our past and celebrating our future."  The purpose of the parade is to honor and pay respect to the Pearl Harbor survivors, our veterans, active duty military and their families.  The parade takes place each year in Hawaii on the anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack: December 7.

In The Footsteps of Heroes (DVD)  Join the Southern Arizona Women's Chorus on their epic journey to Normandy for the D-day wreath-laying ceremony and celebration. Produced by Robert Ashbaugh Digital Design & Imaging, Tucson, AZ. $22.50 (More details)

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