Clarinet, Principal

Hailed by the New York Times as “outstanding clarinetist”, Pascal Archer  leads an active career as a performer and teacher. He has been principal clarinet of the NEPA Philharmonic since 2007 and during the 2019-20 season, Mr. Archer is acting principal clarinet of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. He is also the principal clarinetist of the Glimmerglass Opera Festival Orchestra. Mr. Archer is also a former member of the New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy.

He is the founder and artistic director of the Exponential Ensemble, a mixed chamber music ensemble creating interactive music educational programs connecting music with math, science and literacy. He has played on several New York City Broadway Show productions such as Mary PoppinsSouth PacificOn the TownFiddler on the Roof and My Fair Lady.

As a chamber musician, he has collaborated with the JACK and St. Lawrence String Quartets, Camerata Pacifica, the Adaskin String Trio and toured with Musicians from Marlboro.  He has performed at renowned festivals such as Marlboro, Mostly Mozart, Monadnock, Verbier Orchestra, Spoleto USA and the Sun Valley Summer Symphony.

Mr. Archer is on faculty at the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division and adjunct at Fordham University. Additionally he coaches chamber music for the Chamber Music Center of New York and the Alaria Chamber Ensemble.

Originally from Québec, Canada, Mr. Archer holds music performance degrees from the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal, Université de Montréal (BM), Indiana University (PD) and the Manhattan School of Music (MM).

Photo: Darren Elias