Shorter College welcomes organist Gail Archer
September 17 - International concert organist Gail Archer will perform at Shorter College on Monday, Sept. 21, as part of the college’s Guest Artist Series. The concert will take place inside Brookes Chapel at 7:30 p.m. and is open to the public. There is no admission charge.
Archer, who holds a Doctor of Music Arts degree in organ performance from the Manhattan School of Music, recently had a solo debut CD released by London’s Cala Records. Titled The Orpheus of Amsterdam: Sweelinck and his Pupils, the CD was recorded on the Fisk organ at Wellesley College. Her live concert recording made at the Organalia Festival in Turin, Italy, was also released in 2005.
An active recitalist in both Europe and the United States, Archer has performed in Budapest, Turin, Hamburg and The Hague. Additionally, she was a featured recitalist at the Organ Historical Society national convention in Buffalo, N.Y. in July 2004. She performs regularly at festivals worldwide, including the Spoleto Festival in South Carolina and the Bach Festival at Rollins College in Florida.
A resident of New York City, Archer serves as college organist at Vassar College, is a member of the organ and music history faculty at Manhattan School of Music and is director of the music program at Barnard College, Columbia University. She serves as director of the Young Artist and Artist Organ Recitals at historic Central Synagogue.
Founded in 1873, Shorter College is a Christian college committed to excellence in education. Since 2003, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Shorter among the South’s best baccalaureate colleges. The college offers bachelor’s degrees in 48 major areas, master’s level and undergraduate degree programs for working adults, online courses, and a vibrant intercollegiate athletic program. Shorter will transition to university status June 1, 2010. For more information, visit www.shorter.edu.