David Archer (b. 1985)

David Archer’s music finds life in the divide between sacred and secular. An award-winning composer based in Vancouver, David creates thoughtful and emotionally engaging music charged with mystery, beauty, and questions.

His focus on choral music has led to an ever-expanding a cappella repertoire that has been performed by Pro Coro Canada, Vancouver Chamber Choir and Canadian Chamber Choir, Vancouver Cantata Singers, Chronos Vocal Ensemble, DaCapo Chamber Choir, Vox Humana, University of Alberta Concert Choir, and Viva Youth Choirs, among others in Canada, the USA, and Sweden. He has also written scores for orchestra, chamber ensembles, and short films.

In 2015, David’s “In Sweet Music” (SATB voices) won DaCapo Chamber Choir’s 2015 NewWorks Competition (Leonard Enns, director). His “Flame and Shadow” (SATB voices) won the 2015 Young Composers Competition held by the Washington D.C.-based Six Degree Singers (Rachel Carlson, director).

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An experienced choral musician, David has composed commissioned works for choirs including Vox Humana, and The Linden Singers of Victoria, under the direction of Brian Wismath. David sings as a tenor with Vancouver Cantata Singers, an acclaimed semi-professional choral ensemble. His music has been published by G. Schirmer, Inc. and Cypress Choral Music.

David with LPC Choir

David has appeared regularly as a solo pianist at The Magnolia Hotel & Spa in Victoria, BC, where his elegant mix of classical and jazz standards delighted travelers and locals alike. He has also served as a collaborative pianist for many choirs, vocalists, and instrumentalists, and church-based ensembles. In 2014, David performed as piano accompanist with Vancouver’s Jubilate Vocal Ensemble at the International Choral Kathaumixw, where the choir won the Elmer Eisler Award for best performance of a Canadian composition.

David’s latest project? “Warehouse of Souls”, a daring mashup of choral singing and political words that reflects on the world’s largest migration in history.

Want to commission a new piece of music? Contact David.

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