Pascal Archer

The Richard J. & Neil Ann S. Levine Chair

Hailed by the New York Times as an “outstanding clarinetist,” PASCAL ARCHER leads an active career as a performer and teacher. He is the principal clarinetist of the Glimmerglass Festival Orchestra, the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, and Princeton Symphony Orchestra. In recent years, he has served as acting principal clarinet of the New Jersey Symphony.

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 including Sweeney Todd, Mary Poppins, South Pacific, On the Town, Fiddler on the Roof, and My Fair Lady. Mr. Archer is also a former member of the New World Symphony, America's Orchestral Academy.

As a chamber musician, he is a member of the American Modern Ensemble, and he has collaborated with the JACK and St. Lawrence String Quartets, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Pacifica, 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 an adjunct at Fordham University and Hunter College. 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: Matt Dine

A clarinetist attired in concert black posing in front of a light gray background while holding their instrument.
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