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, 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 2018 European tour consisted of 17 concerts and took her to France, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, the Slovak Republic, the Ukraine and Poland. 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, and director of the music program at Barnard College, Columbia University, where she conducts the Barnard-Columbia Chorus, and is a member of the faculty of the Harriman Institute, Columbia University. She serves as director of the artist and young organ artist recitals at historic Central Synagogue, New York City.

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Fall Touring Dates:

September 9 Church of Christ at Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH 4pm
September 23 Cathedral of St. Peter & St. Paul, Lewiston, ME 3pm
September 30 Trinity Lutheran Church, Reading, PA 4pm 
October 7 Cathedral of St. Patrick, Charlotte, NC 7 pm
October 14 Cathedral of St. Mary, Cheyenne, WY 2pm
October 21 Congregational Beth Israel, West Hartford, CT 4pm 
November 2 St. Mary on the Hill, Augusta, GA 3pm
November 11 St. John Cantius, Chicago, IL 3pm
November 22 Organ Festival of Ragusa, Ragusa, Sicily 9pm
November 24 International Organ Festival of Malta, Valletta, Malta 9pm
December 2 Lessons and Carols, Vassar College Poughkeepsie, NY 7pm
December 8 Barnard-Columbia Chorus Holiday Concert 8pm
Symphony of Psalms, Igor Stravinsky, Magnificat, J. S. Bach
Church of the Ascension, 221 West 107th St. NYC
December 14 Orgue en Jeux la Cote Festival, Geneva, Switzerland 8 pm

Praeludium in g minor BWV 149 Dieterich Buxtehude (1637-1707)

An Wasserflussen Babylon BWV 653 Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Toccata et Fuga in D minor (Dorian) BWV 538 Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Sechs Fugen Uber den Namen Bach Op. 60, No. 5 Robert Schumann (1810-1856)

Prelude for Organ in F Major Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel (1805-1847)

Sechs Fugen Uber den Namen Bach Op. 60, No. 6 Robert Schumann

Dust and Shadow Judith Shatin (b. 1949) **Commissioned by Gail Archer, Fall, 2017** 

Elegy Mary Howe (1882-1964)

Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott Op. 27 Max Reger (1873-1916)