University of Arizona
College of Fine Arts - School of Music

Choral Studies

DEI Choral Literature Intensive

DEI Choral Literature Intensive

Come join us for a three-day intensive featuring lectures and reading/workshop sessions on outstanding music of historically excluded composers and populations! This event is appropriate for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as current teachers/faculty members looking for more DEI resources for concert programming, and music appreciation and choral literature courses.

The schedule includes ten lectures, each of which provides an overview of an individual composer, their works and their compositional style and influences.

In addition, each day features a reading/workshop session in which attendees will sing through two works by each composer. Composers include Adolphus Hailstork, Marianne Martines, Salomone Rossi, Raffaella/Vittoria Aleotti, Byung-Hee Oh, José Maurício Nunes Garcia, Joy T. Nilo, Louis Lewandowski, Undine Smith Moore and Blas Galindo.

The schedule also includes opportunities to socialize and to experience the beauty, culture and food of Tucson, a UNESCO City of Gastronomy.

Scholarships are available for students and K-12 teachers. If you are interested please email James Higgs at

This event will be held in the Fred Fox School of Music, on the Unversity of Arizona campus, located at 1017 N. Olive Rd, Tucson, AZ 85721.

All lectures will be held in room 114.

All reading/workshop sessions will be held in Holsclaw Hall.

Photo of the Music Building on the University of Arizona campus.


Thursday, June 15

12:30pm Check-in (Fred Fox School of Music Lobby)
1-1:50pm Lecture: Adolphus Hailstork, Dr. Elizabeth Schauer
2-2:50pm Lecture: Undine Smith Moore, Prof. Nicky Manlove
3-3:50pm Reading/Workshop Session
4-4:50pm Lecture: José Mauricio Nunes Garcia, Prof. Nicky Manlove

Dinner and show at Gaslight Theatre: The Revengers (a Marvel superhero spoof)

7010 E. Broadway, Tucson

(Tickets for the show are included in the cost of registration for those who register by May 15 – cost of dinner is not included)

Gaslight Theatre
Photo of hikers on Sentinel Peak

Friday, June 16


Hike Tumamoc Hill (3.1 miles/738’ elevation gain/one hour, 40 minutes)


Sentinel Peak/A Mountain (1.7 miles/275’ elevation gain/46 minutes)

10:15-11:05am Lecture: Raffaella/Vittoria Aleotti, Dr. Elizabeth Schauer
11:15am-12:05pm Lecture: Byung-Hee Oh, Mirae Lee
12:20-1:50pm Lunch at Guadalajara Grill and Tequila Bar, 4901 E. Broadway, Tucson
(Attendees pay for their own lunch)
2:05-2:55pm Reading/Workshop Session
3:05-3:55pm Lecture: Salomone Rossi, Dr. Elizabeth Schauer
4:05-4:55pm Lecture: Joy T. Nilo, Sinamar Pascua Respicio

Dinner at The Monica (take streetcar)

40 E. Congress, Tucson, AZ

(Attendees pay for their own dinner)

Saturday, June 17

8:30-10:00am Sonoran Desert Museum.
We highly recommend this experience!
You must purchase tickets on your own at:
10:30-11:20am Lecture: Louis Lewandowski, James Higgs
11:30am-12:20pm Lecture: Blas Galindo, Dr. Elizabeth Schauer
12:30-2:15pm Lunch in Sam Hughes: Flora’s Market Run, Bob Dobbs, Tumerico, Borderlands.
All in the 2500 block of E. 6th St., Tucson.
(Attendees pay for their own lunch)
2:15-3:05pm Lecture: Marianne Martines, James Higgs
3:15-4:05pm Reading/Workshop Session
4:15-4:45pm Wrap-up/Questions/Discussion
5:00pm Happy Hour at Arizona Inn.
2200 E. Elm St., Tucson.
(Attendees pay for their own drinks/snacks)
Arizona Inn

Music Building

Tumamoc Hill, Tucson AZ

Guadalajara Grill and Tequila Bar

Sentinel Peak / A Mountain

Sam Hughes Neighborhood

Arizona Inn

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

The Monica


Registration: $250 (includes ticket to The Revengers at Gaslight Theatre for those who register by May 15).

For more information and questions about scholarships for students and K-12 teachers, contact James Higgs at

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum tickets are NOT included in the cost of registration.

Music for reading/workshop sessions will be loaned for the sessions.

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