Mary Alice Chambers has been a clarinetist with the LR Winds since fall 2010. She has performed as a member of the Conway Symphony Orchestra, the Hot Springs Concert Band, the UALR Community Orchestra (now the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Community Orchestra), the UALR Band, the North Little Community Band, the Conway Community Band, and the Saline County Orchestra. When she lived in Bel Air, Maryland, Chambers served as principal clarinetist in the Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra. For fifteen years she was a member of the 106th Army National Guard Band in which she played piano as well as clarinet.
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 has taught band at Bauxite High School, Hall High School, and Centerpoint High School in Arkansas. She also taught beginning strings at Washington Middle School in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Chambers holds a BME in instrumental music from Ouachita Baptist University and an MME in instrumental music from UCA. She studied clarinet with Ralph Rauch and Steve Pederson. She currently teaches GED to incarcerated females at the Hawkins Center for Women in Wrightsville, teaches adjunct clarinet and saxophone at UALR, and tutors middle school students evenings via Varsity Tutors.