Associate Professor of Fine Arts
Winston Hall, 203
B.A., Hampden-Sydney College, 1973; M.M., Westminster Choir College, 1982.
Frank Archer is Associate Professor of Fine Arts and Director of Choral Activities at Hampden-Sydney College and, in recent years, Visiting Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Music at Sweet Briar College. He holds degrees from Hampden-Sydney and Westminster Choir College.
Mr. Archer is an active recitalist, often heard as an accompanist with his wife, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra flutist Mary Ann Archer, and as a concert organist. He and Mary Ann gave the world premiere of pieces by Gary Schocker at the 2008 National Flute Association convention in Kansas City, and premiered their editions of works by Nazareth and Kreisler at the 2010 convention in Charlotte. Their arrangements, including new releases of works by Respighi, Poulenc, and Verdi, are published by Nourse Wind Music.
They have recently given recitals at Hampden-Sydney, Louisiana State University, the University of Tennessee, the University of Alabama at Huntsville, Virginia Commonwealth University, Sweet Briar College, James Madison University, the University of Virginia, and The Groton School, the last of which was in collaboration with John Ferrillo, principal oboe with the Boston Symphony. Frank and Mary Ann gave two recitals in Todi, Italy in 2010. He recently returned from Notre Dame where he continues his research on Hampden-Sydney's 17th century book of Gregorian Chant.
As a conductor, Mr. Archer led the Hampden-Sydney College Men's Chorus on tours of England in 2004, 2008, and 2009 and of Italy in 2006, during which the chorus was invited to sing at the installation of the new Archbishop of Assisi and for a mass at the high altar in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. He recently gave world premieres of works by Catherine Hostetler in London and Jonathan Green at the inauguration of the new president of Sweet Briar College. His choir performed in March 2013 in the Opera on the James production of Mozart's Magic Flute, and participated in April with the Richmond Symphony and many collegiate choruses in a commemoration of the Emancipation Proclamation. The upcoming season will feature recitals by the Archers at Northwestern University and Notre Dame as well as concerts with the H-SC chorus on campus and on a northeastern tour in the spring.