David Archer (b. 1985)
David creates captivating original music to share with his community. A choral composer based in Vancouver, British Columbia, he has also written scores for orchestra, chamber ensembles, and short films. In 2015, David’s choral music won DaCapo Chamber Choir’s NewWorks Competition (Leonard Enns, director), as well as the Young Composers Competition held by the Washington D.C.-based Six Degree Singers (Rachel Carlson, director).
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. His music has been published by G. Schirmer, Inc. and Cypress Choral Music.
David’s choral music has also been performed by Pro Coro Canada, Vancouver Chamber Choir, Canadian Chamber Choir, Jubilate Vocal Ensemble, i Coristi, Oculus Chamber Choir, University of Alberta Concert Choir, and Viva Youth Choirs, among others in Canada, the USA, and Sweden.
David holds a BMus degree from the University of Alberta, where he studied composition with Howard Bashaw, and piano with Patricia Tao. His music has been featured in two Composers’ Workshops with the Victoria Symphony, and also at the the Vancouver Chamber Choir’s 2014 Interplay workshop.
David has appeared regularly as a solo pianist at The Magnolia Hotel & Spa in Victoria, 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. He frequently plays piano and keyboard with church worship bands. In 2012, he also recorded in the studio on the Covenant Award-winning album Worship Victoria, which raised money for Sanctuary, a Victoria youth shelter.
David seeks to challenge, inspire, and unite performers and audiences. He blogs regularly about music, creativity, and community, and likes to compose music in the wee hours of the morning with the help of a dark roast coffee. He is happily married to his wife Heidi, and enjoys reading, running, astronomy, and singing in tune with everyday sounds.
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