This spring

Our Spring repertoire is inspired by the joys and wonders of children and holds a warm place in our hearts—in March, our Music Director and his wife welcomed twins into their family. This performance will feature four pieces in foreign languages, including Bó na Leathadhairce by Desmond Earley, which highlights a tune learned by Irish school children, and Hela Rotan, an arrangement of a popular Indonesian folk song by Ken Stevens about the traditional game of tug-of-war. KidSong, by Stephen Caldwell, incorporates the entertaining arrangement of several favorite children’s songs into one cohesive piece that our audiences will surely recognize.
Save the dates!
4/16 3:00 pm Desert Skies UMC
4/21 7:30 pm St Mark Catholic Church
4/23 3:00 pm Christ Church UMC


The Arizona Repertory Singers thanks the greater Tucson community for its support of the “Women in Winter” performances. We were thrilled to share this beautiful music with such large and enthusiastic audiences!

—Craig Sale
ARS President



Helen was a bedrock for so many in our community, and ARS was particularly fortunate to have Helen as a Founding Board Member. When ARS incorporated as a 501(c)(3) organization in 1986, Helen was instrumental in helping ARS prepare and file the application for incorporation. She served as an inaugural board member and continued as an honorary board member until her death. Her advice on many topics proved invaluable to ARS in establishing a reputation in the Southern Arizona community and achieving financial viability.

ARS was honored to perform when the Helen S. Schaefer Poetry Center at the University of Arizona was dedicated in 2007. She served as Honorary Chair of ARS’s 25th Anniversary celebration at the prestigious Stevie Eller Dance Theatre, which included performance of a work commissioned in her honor. With her husband, John, she provided generous financial support and guidance to ARS for more than three decades. ARS feels the deepest gratitude to Helen for her many years devoted to helping us become the well-known choral ensemble we are today.

2022 Holiday Concerts!

ARS Women in Winter

For the first time ever—and rare for holiday repertoire—ARS performs a program consisting entirely of compositions and arrangements by women. Women in Winter offers a wide range of styles, genres, and perspectives related to the season, among them “Snow Angel” by Sarah Quartel, a five-movement piece with piano, cello, and djembe accompaniment. An engaging musical celebration of the holidays, our program also features works from Kim Baryluk, Melinda Bargreen, Abbie Betinis, Nancy Grundahl, Elaine Hagenberg, Iris Levine, Rosephanye Powell, and Annabel Rooney.

  • Holiday Concerts: Women in Winter
    • Dec. 9    7:30 pm – St. Mark Catholic Church
      2727 W. Tangerine Rd, Oro Valley, AZ 85742
    • Dec. 11  3 pm – Desert Skies United Methodist Church
      3255 N. Houghton Rd, Tucson, AZ 85749                       
    • Dec. 18  3 pm – Christ Church United Methodist 
      655 N. Craycroft Rd Tucson, AZ 85711                          
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Thank you! Beauty of the Earth

We are delighted with the many audience reactions to our Spring Concert, “The Beauty of the Earth.”
Here are just a few of them:

Please stay tuned for further announcements, including the dates of our Holiday concerts.