Professor of Professional Practice
Gail Archer joined the Barnard faculty in 1988. She is director of the Barnard-Columbia Chorus and Chamber Choir and teaches Introduction to Music, a year-long survey of Western Classical Music from Gregorian Chant to living composers. She is also an international concert organist and recording artist; her recordings include the forthcoming, A Russian Journey in fall, 2016, 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). She is the founder of Musforum; www.musforum.org, the network for women organists to affirm and promote their work. Professor Archer serves as college organist at Vassar College.
As director of the Barnard-Columbia Chorus, Professor Archer has led the chorus through the masterworks of the choral literature with orchestra from Monteverdi to Stravinsky. Most recently, the choir sang the Ziguenerlieder and Ein deutsches Requiem by Johannes Brahms and Messiah by George Frideric Handel. The Barnard-Columbia Chamber Choir specializes in a cappella choral literature, from the Renaissance to the present.
Introduction to Music BC1001x and BC 1002y
Time-Out New York “Best of 2008” in Classical Music and Opera for the complete cycle of the organ works of Olivier Messiaen celebrating the centennial of the composer’s birth.
American Guild of Organist
Organ Historical Society
Department of Music, Columbia University
In the News
Concert organist and Prof. Gail Archer, director of the Barnard-Columbia Chorus and Chamber Choir, recently performed at the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral in Florence, Italy, kicking off her international summer tour.
Collection of music for solo organ features compositions by women
Listen to an interview with the director of the Barnard-Columbia Chorus