Lecturer in Fine Arts
Winston Hall, 206
B.M., University of Cincinnati; M.M., Catholic University of America.
Mary Ann Archer is a flutist, piccoloist, spiritual director, college professor, and 'Italian-through-Opera' teacher. She was a member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York City for over 26 years, from 1977 to 2003, during a period of great artistic acclaim for that ensemble. Ms. Archer received music degrees from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, and from Catholic University, studying flute with Jack Wellbaum, Julius Baker, and Sam Baron.
After taking early retirement from the Met in 2003, Ms. Archer moved with her family to the campus of Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, and now gives recitals and master classes at colleges and universities throughout the U.S. Ms Archer performs with area orchestras and serves as the principal flutist and orchestra manager for Lynchburg's Opera on the James.
Ms. Archer received a Master of Arts in Spiritual Direction in 2002 from General Theological Seminary in New York City, and now works as a spiritual director with individuals and groups, especially in the areas of meditations and dreams. She currently teaches music and religion at Hampden-Sydney College. Mary Ann also teaches "Italiano all'Opera," making yearly summer trips to Italy with opera lovers to experience Italian opera and culture.
Ms. Archer's recitals include concerts in Todi, Italy, with husband Frank, daughter Sarah, and son Geoffrey at the Church of Santa Maria della Consolazione. Recitals of their piccolo/piano arrangements were given at the National Flute Association Conventions in 2011 and 2012, and at the University of Virginia, Caldwell College, NJ, Louisiana State University, and Hampden-Sydney College in the fall of 2012. Two of their arrangements were finalists in the NFA Newly-Published Music Competition for 2012.