David Archer (b. 1985)
David creates captivating original music to share with his community. Based in British Columbia, he has written music for choir, orchestra, piano, chamber ensembles, and short films. An experienced choral musician, David has recently composed commissioned works for choirs including Vox Humana, and The Linden Singers of Victoria, under the direction of Brian Wismath. His Grant Us Peace, for SATB voices and piano, was published by Cypress Choral Music in 2014. One of David’s newest pieces, Flame and Shadow, won the Six Degree Singers 2015 Young Composers Competition, based in Washington D.C.
David’s choral music has also been performed by Vancouver Chamber Choir, Canadian Chamber Choir, Jubilate Vocal Ensemble, 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.