Gail Archer is an international concert organist, recording artist, choral conductor
and lecturer who draws attention to composer anniversaries or musical themes with her
annual recital series including Max Reger, The Muse's Voice, An American Idyll, Liszt,
Bach, Mendelssohn and Messiaen. Ms. Archer was the first American woman to play the complete
works of Olivier Messiaen for the centennial of the composer's birth in 2008; Time Out New
York recognized the Messiaen cycle as "Best of 2008" of classical music and opera. Her
recordings include her September, 2017 CD A Russian Journey and The Muse's Voice, Franz Liszt:
A Hungarian Rhapsody, Bach: The Transcendent Genius, An American Idyll, A Mystic In the Making
(Meyer Media), and The Orpheus of Amsterdam: Sweelinck and his Pupils (CALA Records).
Ms. Archer's, 2017 European tour took her to Germany, Italy, the British Isles, Russia,
Ukraine and Poland. Highlights include St. Nicholas Church, Stuttgart, Germany, Church of
San Domenico, Palermo, Sicily, Dunblane Cathedral, Dunblane, Scotland, The Methodist Central Hall,
London, England, the Temple of the Renaissance, Bryansk, Russia, the Philharmonic Hall, Khmelnytsky,
Ukraine and the Basilika Mariaska, Gdansk, Poland. She is the founder of Musforum,
www.musforum.org an international
network for women organists to promote and affirm their work.
Ms. Archer is college organist at Vassar College, and director of the music program at Barnard
College, Columbia University, where she conducts the Barnard-Columbia Chorus. She serves as
director of the artist and young organ artist recitals at historic Central Synagogue, New York City.
Archer's recordings span the seventeenth to the twenty-first
centuries, a festive discography that highlights her musical
mastery on grand Romantic instruments as well as Baroque tracker
organs. Her most recent CD, The Muse’s Voice (MM14027)
features music by women composers, Jennifer Higdon, Judith
Bingham, Nadia Boulanger and Jeanne Demessieux. During the
2012-2013 season, Ms. Archer released her recording of masterworks
and transcriptions by the great Romantic keyboard artist and
composer, Franz Liszt, Franz Liszt, A Hungarian Rhapsody.
Bach, the Transcendent Genius, celebrates the brilliant
improvisations on Lutheran hymn tunes of the "Great 18"
chorale preludes (MM1013). The release on Meyer-Media, is
the first recording on the Paul Fritts tracker organ at Vassar
College, Poughkeepsie, New York. An American Idyll,
released by Meyer Media in August, 2008 (MM08011), and recorded
on the E. M. Skinner/Randall Dyer organ at Rollins College,
Winter Park, Florida, features American organ music from 1900
to the present, including music by Joan Tower and a work commissioned
by Ms. Archer, Praeludium super Pange Lingua by David Noon.
Her centennial concerts in honor of Olivier Messiaen also
produced A Mystic In the Making (MM07007), recorded
on the Aeolian-Skinner organ at Columbia University, which
includes two complete cycles, L'Ascension, and Les
Corps Glorieux. Her solo debut CD The Orpheus of
Amsterdam: Sweelinck and his Pupils (CACD 88043), recorded
on the Fisk organ at Wellesley College, was released in 2006
by London's CALA Records.
Archer is college organist at Vassar College, and director
of the music program at Barnard College, Columbia University
where she conducts the Barnard-Columbia Chorus. She serves
as director of the artist and young organ artist recitals
at historic Central Synagogue, New York City.