Amber Archibald, DMA

DMA, Viola Performance

Instructor, Fine Arts (Instrumental Music)

Phone: 206-220-8553

Building/Room: HUNT 061


Amber Archibald has been praised for her bold and vivacious playing that matches her personality. ARTS! Houston Magazine exclaimed that her technique was “seemingly effortless…precise,” and that she was “a natural in every sense.” As a soloist, her career highlights include performances at the Gewandhaus with the Leipzig Academic Orchestra in Germany and with the Seattle Symphony. Her collaborative career has allowed her to perform at major venues and festivals throughout the United States and Europe such as Benaroya Hall, Kimmel Center, University of Washington World Series, Raleigh Chamber Music Guild Series, Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival, and the Russian Chamber Music Foundation of Seattle.  Dr. Archibald was a member of the Young Eight string octet, an all Afro heritage ensemble devoted to spreading a positive message through classical and hip-hop music to underserved communities.

In demand as a teacher and pedagogue, Dr. Archibald is the Instructor of Viola at Seattle University. She is also currently on the faculty of the Burgos International Music Festival in Burgos, Spain.  Her university and private studio students have been accepted to and attended prestigious schools of music and festivals such as the Rice University, Northwestern University, Peabody Conservatory, Boston Conservatory, Boston University, the University of North Texas, Aspen Music Festival, Meadowmount, Domaine Forget, and Green Mountain Music Festival just to name a few. 

The Seattle University viola studio was one of two collegiate ensembles in the United States selected to perform at the 2016 American Viola Society Festival at the Oberlin Conservatory this past June. As the largest conference in the world for the instrument, this was a tremendous honor.  In addition to her highly successful studios, Dr. Archibald teaches with other organizations in the greater Seattle area including the Cascade Youth Symphony’s “Summer Sounds” program. She regularly gives masterclasses and recitals in the greater Pacific Northwest and beyond.          

Dr. Archibald was born and raised in Houston, Texas to parents from the Dominican Republic and Panama. An avid interest in her heritage has fueled her continuing research and performance of music by African American, Afro-Latino and Spanish composers. Dr. Archibald earned her Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Washington. She holds her Master of Music from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music and her Bachelor from Indiana University’s Jacob School of Music. Her principal teachers include Melia Watras, Karen Ritscher, and Mimi Zweig.

Dr. Archibald is married to violinist, Ervin Luka Sešek and is the violist of the Burgos Ensemble.  In her down time, she enjoys cooking, watching documentaries, and cheering for the Seattle Seahawks.