College of Arts and Sciences

Amber Archibald, DMA

  • Amber Archibald, DMA
    DMA, Viola Performance
    Instructor, Fine Arts (Instrumental Music)
    Phone: 206-220-8553
    Building/Room: HUNT 061


    Amber, a native of Houston, Texas, has been praised for her bold and vivacious playing that matches her personality. In the August 2006 issue, ARTS! Houston Magazine said her technique was “seemingly effortless…precise,” and that she was “a natural in every sense.” As a violist, Ms. Archibald has concertized in the United States, Portugal, Austria and Germany. Her most noteworthy performance was at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Germany. Heide Lang, of the Leipzig Volkzeitung, said “…she commands her instrument, even in difficult passages…with a marvelous tapestry of sound.” Locally, Amber was the 2006 winner of the Texas Music Festival Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Competition. She has also been featured on the radio show “The Front Row” on KUHF 88.7 FM as an up and coming performer. Amber received her Bachelor’s degree in violin performance from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. There, she studied with world renowned pedagogue, Mimi Zweig and worked with the Indiana University String Academy. She attained her Master’s degree in viola performance as a student of Karen Ritscher from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music and taught in the Shepherd School Preparatory Department. Additionally, she studied with Martha Katz at the New England Conservatory of Music. Currently, Ms. Archibald is a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Washington.