Raised in a family of musicians, Alice first came to National Music Camp in 1949 when her father Kenneth Jewell was hired to conduct choirs and tune pianos for the summer. Alice became an accomplished musician in her own right, studying piano with Karl Haas for 10 years.
After a short stay at Oakland University, she realized that "playing in the pit" and preparing the singers on stage was very attractive. She also had a serious choral singing career, working with Robert Shaw, Roger Wagner, Margaret Hillis, and Kenneth Jewell. In 1976, she began working for Malecki Music in Grand Rapids and eventually became head of their string department. And in 1979, thirty years after her first visit, Alice returned to Interlochen to manage the campus music store. In 1986, she joined the Music Library staff and soon became known as the reference librarian.
Interlochen archivist, Byron Hanson, shared these thoughts about Alice: “Many a student who ‘dinged’ the bell on Alice’s desk and asked for ‘the Scarlatti sonata in G’ has come away with more than they bargained for, but given an understanding of what to do next time by the lady who shared so generously her knowledge of music, her skills as a librarian and her philosophy of life.”
At the conclusion of the 2012-13 Academy year, Alice was posthumously presented with the Oil Can Award during a student assembly. The honor, first presented in 1972, is presented to a faculty or staff member who contributes to the Academy and “keeps Interlochen moving,” something Alice has done for decades.