Maralyn Sommer

Dr. Maralyn Sommer serves as an adjunct professor, teaching bassoon and playing in the Faculty Woodwind Quintet.  Sommer holds a BM in Education from Boise State University, an MM in bassoon performance from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a DMA in performance from the University of Arizona, Tucson.  She began her career at Henderson as chair of the music department in 1990.  In 1998 she moved to the position of associate dean of arts and sciences and became Dean of Arts and Sciences in 2000.  During her tenure in administration she continued to teach in the music department where, in addition to bassoon, she taught Elementary Music Methods and Intro to Music Literature. In 2012 she was asked to serve as interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, a position she held until retiring in June of 2014.

Through her efforts the President’s Concert was created and is now an annual event, providing an opportunity for Henderson’s finest musicians to perform as soloists with an orchestra composed of Arkansas Symphony strings, Henderson students, and faculty.  This program is one of the highlights of the University each spring.  Sommer currently plays bassoon with the Little Rock Wind Symphony, and works with both the UALR choral program and Second Presbyterian Church in Little Rock whenever they need a bassoonist.