Mary Alice Chambers holds a bachelor’s degree in Instrumental Music Education from Ouachita Baptist University, a master’s degree in Instrument Music Education from the University of Central Arkansas, 15 hours in Student Affairs Administration from Indiana State University, and more than 30 hours in history and political science from various schools. She plays the clarinet, piano, and violin.
Mary Alice has been on the faculty and staff at ASMSA in various capacities since October 1993. She taught Fine Arts Appreciation as an adjunct for two years and started the band program at ASMS in 1996; she has been the adjunct band director since 1996.
Mary Alice has taught band in Pulaski County, Saline County, and Clark County in Arkansas. She also taught orchestra in the Honolulu, Hawaii Public Schools and was a professional musician with the 106th Army Band (Arkansas Army National Guard) for 15 years. Each summer she works as a production assistant for the Hot Springs Music Festival and plays clarinet in the CICA Music Festival in Eureka Springs. During the school year she plays clarinet in the Little Rock Wind Symphony and violin or clarinet as needed in the UALR Community Orchestra. She teaches private lessons when her schedule allows and occasionally substitutes on the piano at Little Rock area churches.
Mary Alice works full-time at the Hawkins Center for Women just south of Little Rock teaching GED Test preparation to incarcerated females. In her spare time, Mary Alice reviews entries for the Arkansas Encyclopedia of History and Culture, works on her family’s genealogy, and enjoys photography and road trips.