Gail Archer - Accolades

March 1, 2005

 

Dear, dear Gail Archer!

 

So very impressed was I by your glorious performance on our Randall Dyer masterwork here in our beloved Rollins College chapel and Oh! How

informative was your wonderfully interesting talk the next day! that I dont want the time to go by without expressing my gratitude in writing! Many,

many thanks for honoring us here last month.

 

Gratefully, sincerely,

 

John Oliver Rich

Dean of Admissions

Emeritus, Rollins College,

Winter Park, FL

February 24, 2005

 

Gail, your enthusiasm for the organ is infectious. Your artistry at the Bach Festival in Winter Park was easily one of the highlights of the entire

3-week event, and you made the Skinner sing on Scheidt, Franck, Mendelssohn and Messiaen --quite an accomplishment. Well be hearing more about you, Im sure.

 

Tery Yount

Your Winter Park page-turner

 

March 1, 2005

Dear Gail,

 

After months of anticipation it was wonderful to meet you and hear you play. Your concert was superb and was thoroughly enjoyed by all who heard it. We have received so many glowing comments on the program and its execution. We consider ourselves very fortunate that you were willing to come to such a small town and share your talents.

 

You exude enthusiasm and we are sure you pass that passion on to your students and co-workers. We wish you much success in your yearning to build respect for organ music and to encourage more young people to develop their talents. You presented to us an exciting program of exquisite playing, as I m sure you do wherever you perform, and I hope youll continue to present many concerts and reach large audiences in many places.

 

With high regards,

 

Sarah Lee Myracle

Beulah McMinn Zachary Memorial Foundation

First United Methodist Church

Brevard, NC

February 21, 2005

 

Dear Gail,

 

On the behalf of Southwest Missouri State University and the musical community of Springfield MO, I would like to thank you for visiting our city

and for sharing your formidable knowledge and expertise with us. Your lecture given for the Springfield American Guild of Organists chapter

was one of the most informative events I have attended in years. Your presentation brought into focus an aspect of keyboard literature which has

been unclear to me the flowering of the Baroque seen in relation to this magnificent instruments and the cast of characters who spoke through it. I

was also very interested to learn about the sociological implications surrounding the organ. You have truly inspired this pianist to learn more

about our extended family of instruments.  Because of your lecture, I think your recital had specific significance to me. I was completely fascinated by the Buxtehude and Bach pieces which you played with such great attention to style and expression. What was perhaps most enjoyable was the variety of musical styles presented on your program, as you also interpreted the music of Franck and Messiaen with aplomb. This was an inspiring and thought-provoking performance.

 

Sincerely,

 

Peter Collins

Professor of Music

Keyboard Area Coordinator

Southwest Missouri State University

Springfield, MO