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Kimberly K. Archer (b. 1973 in Mendota, IL) is currently serving as Professor of Composition at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, Illinois. She teaches composition, music theory, analysis, counterpoint, and 20th century music. Past appointments include Bowling Green State University in Ohio, Western Carolina University in North Carolina, and Southeast High School in Florida. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education from The Florida State University, a Master of Music in Composition from Syracuse University, and Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition from The University of Texas at Austin. Her teachers include David Maslanka, David Gillingham, Andrew Waggoner, Donald Grantham, and Charlie Carter.

A specialist in music for winds and percussion, Dr. Archer’s compositions have been performed throughout the United States, including national conventions of the National Flute Association, regional conventions of the College Band Directors National Association, and state conventions of the Nebraska State Band Association, Oklahoma Music Educators Association, and the National Band Association-Wisconsin. Her music has also been performed at the WASBE International Convention and the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic.

She has received commissions from such organizations as The United States Air Force Band of Mid-America, Kappa Kappa Psi & Tau Beta Sigma, The Florida State University Summer Music Camps, The International Center for New Music at Central Michigan University, and the International Women’s Brass Conference, as well as by consortiums of university and high school ensembles around the country.

Dr. Archer is a contributor for Composers on Composing for Band, vol. 4.  In addition, her for those taken too soon …. (Symphony no. 1) is featured in an interview in the February 2004 issue of "The Instrumentalist," titled “Kimberly Archer Turned Sadness into a Five-Movement Memorial.” She is a regular recipient of the ASCAPLUS award. 

All of Dr. Archer’s published music is available from C. Alan Publications in Greensboro, NC. Her Symphony no. 3 (Troy 1152) is recorded on Albany Records.

Her Concerto for Piano and Wind Ensemble (8984-MCD, "Wind Adventures"), Symphony no. 2 (6669-MCD, "On Fire") and for those taken too soon …. Symphony no. 1 (7643-MCD, "Geometric Dances") are recorded on Mark Custom Recording CD’s.