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Kim Archer is currently serving as Assistant Professor of Composition at SIUE, where she teaches music theory, analysis, counterpoint, and composition. Her 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 a Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition from The University of Texas at Austin. Her teachers include Donald Grantham, Andrew Waggoner, David Maslanka, David Gillingham, and Charlie Carter.

Dr. Archer maintains an active schedule as a composer, arranger, and music copyist. Her music has been performed throughout the United States, including recent performances at the 2003 Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic and the 2002 Southern Regional CBDNA Convention. Her music has also been performed at the Bowling Green State University New Music Festival, as well as at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory, the University of Texas at Austin, Illinois State University, and Florida State University. She has received commissions from organizations including Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma, the International Center for New Music at Central Michigan University, the International Women's Brass Conference, the Southeast Horn Workshop, and the Iowa All-State Band. Dr. Archer also serves as a CD reviewer for The International Alliance of Women in Music, and is active as a guest composer and lecturer.

In February 2004, The Instrumentalist published an interview with Dr. Archer titled "Kimberly Archer Turned Sadness into a Five-Movement Memorial," highlighting her first symphony: for those taken too soon …..

As an arranger, Dr. Archer has worked with high school, college, and professional bands throughout the country. Many of her arrangements are available on CD's released by Mark Custom Recording. Her professional engagements as a music copyist include assignments with the Dallas Wind Symphony and the Chicago Symphony.

All of Dr. Archer's published music is available from C. Alan Publications in Greensboro, North Carolina.