Department of Fine Arts (Theater), Fuqua Computing Center
An expansion and renovation of Johns Auditorium was completed in January 2005. It included flexible audience and production space; easily accessible restrooms; seating for an audience of 300; a "black box" theater that doubles as a green room; set-building, properties, classroom, dressing, and storage areas; and an expanded Computing Center with ground-level entry and handicapped access.
C. Frank Archer Jr.
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 was, in recent years, Visiting Associate Professor of Music at Sweet Briar College. He holds degrees from Hampden-Sydney and Westminster Choir College and has done significant graduate work in liturgy at Drew University and Notre Dame.
Mr. Archer is an active recitalist, often heard as an accompanist with his wife, former Metropolitan Opera Orchestra flutist and piccoloist Mary Ann Archer. He and Mary Ann have given world premieres at National Flute Association conventions in 2000 (New York City), 2008 (Kansas City) and last year in Charlotte. 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, and The Groton School, the last of which was in collaboration with John Ferrillo, principal oboe with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The Archers gave flute and organ recitals in Italy in June and December of 2010.
As a conductor, Mr. Archer led the Hampden-Sydney 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 of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. He is an associate of the London International Choral Festival and recently gave world premieres of choral works by Catherine Hostetler in London and Jonathan Green at the inauguration of the president of Sweet Briar College.
Professor Archer continues his research in chant as he studies and transcribes items from a rare complete Antiphonale given to Hampden-Sydney by the Johns family. He is working with his wife on editions of violin and piano pieces transcribed for piccolo and piano to be published in 2012 and looking forward to a return engagement at LSU in the fall.