Mary Alice Chambers, adjunct clarinet and saxophone, holds a BME in instrumental music from Ouachita Baptist University and an MME in instrumental music from the University of Central Arkansas. She studied clarinet with Ralph Rauch and Steve Pederson. In addition to teaching adjunct clarinet and saxophone for UALR, Ms. Chambers currently teaches GED test preparation fulltime at the Hawkins Center for Women in Wrightsville and often tutors middle schoolers online for Varsity Tutors.
Ms. Chambers has performed as a member of the Conway Symphony Orchestra, the Hot Springs Concert Band, the UALR Band, the North Little Community Band, the Conway Community Band, and the Saline County Orchestra. For a decade, she sang alto with the Hot Springs Music Festival Chorus. She is currently a member of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Community Orchestra (formerly the UALR Community Orchestra) and the Little Rock Winds. She often substitutes with the Central Arkansas Chambers Winds, a woodwind quintet based in Conway.
Chambers started the band and choir program at the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts (ASMSA) and was the school’s adjunct band director for twenty-two years. In addition, she taught band at Bauxite High School in Saline County, Hall High School in Little Rock, and Centerpoint High School in Clark County. For one year, Ms. Chambers taught beginning strings at Washington Middle School in Honolulu, Hawaii.
When she lived in Bel Air, Maryland, Chambers served as principal clarinetist in the Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra and often substitute taught in the local Harford County schools. For fifteen years, she was a member of the 106th Arkansas Army National Guard Band in which she played clarinet as well as piano. Ms. Chambers served a total of twenty-nine years in the Army Reserve and Army National Guard.
Ms. Chambers is a native of North Little Rock and is an avid amateur photographer, aspiring novelist, and genealogist.