Gail Archer

Adjunct Artist in Music and Organist

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 in New York City, including her 2021 series, A Slavic Celebration and Max Reger, The Muse’s Voice, An American Idyll, Listz, 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” in classical music and opera.  Her recordings include her new 2022 Polish release, Cantius, and Chernivtsi, A Russian Journey, 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 2022 European tour took her to Switzerland, Germany, Poland and Lithuania.  Highlights include the Zuger Orgeltage, Lucerne, Switzerland, St. George Lutheran Church, Glauchau, Germany with its fine Silbermann organ (1730), St. Paul Lutheran Church, Darmstadt, Germany, and the St. Christopher Music Festival, Vilnius, Lithuania. 

She is the founder of Musforum, an international network for women organists to promote and affirm their work. Ms. Archer is college organist at Vassar College, director of the music program at Barnard College, Columbia University, where she conducts the Barnard-Columbia Chorus and Chamber Singers and a faculty member of the Harriman Institute, Columbia University.  She is artistic director of the artist and young artist recital series at historic Central Synagogue, New York City.

BA, Montclair State University; MA, University of Hartford; MM, Mannes College of Music; DMA, Manhattan School of Music
At Vassar since 2007


Skinner Hall
Box 18

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MUSI 61 Organ
MUSI 62 Harpsichord
MUSI 161 Organ
MUSI 162 Harpsichord
MUSI 261 Organ
MUSI 262 Harpsichord
MUSI 361 Organ
MUSI 362 Harpsichord
MUSI 380 4th Year Instruction


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