Archer is a GRAMMY-nominated, international concert organist,
recording artist, choral conductor and lecturer. She is the
founder of Musforum, www.musforum.org
a professional network for women organists which celebrates
and promotes their accomplishments. Musforum will hold its
first conference in New York City, June 19 and 20, 2015. Ms.
Archer’s advocacy for women organists and composers
inspired her most recent CD, The Muse’s Voice
on Meyer Media. She promoted this disc in Europe during the
summer, 2014, at La Verna Music Festival, Florence, Italy,
Bayerischer Orgelsommer, Fussen, Germany, Cathedral of Zakopane,
Poland, Parish Church of Nowy Targ, Poland, Parish Church
of Nowy Sacz, Poland, Parish Church of Lubaczow, Poland, Parish
Church of Krasnobrod, Poland, Vespri d'Organo, Pesaro, Italy,
Gorlitzer Orgeltage, Gorlitz, Germany, Kirke Kontoret, Lillehammer,
Norway, Corsanico Musica, Corsanico, Italy, Gavinana Music
Festival, Pistoia, Italy. During the 2012-2013 season, Ms.
Archer promoted her recording, Franz Liszt, A Hungarian
Rhapsody; highlights include recitals at The Cathedral
of All Saints, Milwaukee, WI, Cathedral of St. Joseph the
Workman, La Crosse, WI, Gethsemani Abbey, Trappist, KY, Syracuse
University, Syracuse, NY, Community of Christ Temple, Independence,
MO. In summer, 2013, she was featured by the philharmonic
societies in Irkutsk, Krasnoyarsk, Tomsk and Perm, Russia,
and played in festivals in Alessandria, Grondona and Scopello,
Italy, Tubingen and Hamburg, Germany, and Copenhagen, Denmark.
Her 2011 series in New York City included three concerts dedicated
entirely to the organ works of Liszt. In spring 2010, she
celebrated the 325th anniversary of the birth of Johann Sebastian
Bach with six concerts around New York City, concluding with
the Art of Fugue at Central Synagogue. Lucid Culture
proclaimed, "Like the composers she chooses, Archer's
playing spans the range of human emotions—with Bach,
there’s always plenty to communicate, but this time
out it was mostly an irresistibly celebratory vibe."
In 2009, her spring series, Mendelssohn in the Romantic
Century was inspired by Mendelssohn's extraordinary versatility
as composer, conductor, performer and scholar and included
the organ music of his sister, Fanny Mendelssohn as well as
music by Clara Schumann. The series was recorded live and
is available on-line at Meyer-Media. 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. The
New York Times declared, "Ms. Archer's well-paced
interpretation had a compelling authority. She played with
a bracing physicality in the work's more driven passages and
endowed humbler ruminations with a sense of vulnerability
and awe." Time-Out New York recognized the Messiaen
cycle as "Best of 2008" in Classical music and opera.
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.