Archer, Frederic


A fine organist, who was well known in England and America. Born at Oxford, England. He studied at London and Leipsic, and later was organist, orchestra conductor and opera director in London. In 1881 he visited America and became organist of Henry Ward Beecher's Church in Brooklyn and afterward went to New York. He founded and edited the musical weekly, The Key Note, in 1885. In 1887 he became conductor of the Boston Oratorio Society. He also conducted the Pittsburg Orchestra from 1895 to 1898 and later was made music-director of -the Carnegie Institute of Pittsburg. His compositions consist of works for the organ and piano; a cantata, King Witlaf's Drinking-horn; part-songs and songs. He also wrote a text-book on the organ.