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 most recent CD, “Bach the Transcendent Genius” celebrating the 325th anniversary of the composer’s birth, was released in January, 2010 on Meyer-Media LLC 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 St. John Passion by Johann Sebastian Bach and Elijah by Felix Mendelssohn. 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
Collection of music for solo organ features compositions by women
Listen to an interview with the director of the Barnard-Columbia Chorus
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