Visiting Assistant Professor of Music
John T. Gates has been a member of the Lawrence voice faculty since 2005. As a bass soloist in many of Germany's more important opera houses and concert halls, he sang some 1000 performances over a period of thirteen years. His wide-ranging opera repertoire covers eighty roles, including standard works (Sarastro in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte), early music (Ariodates in Händel´s Serse), and numerous world premiers (Oscar laureate Cong Su's Wenn die Sonne aufgeht). He commands an equally extensive song and concert repertoire, including Verdi's Requiem, J. S. Bach's St. John's Passion, and Schubert's Winterreise.
Gates holds the degrees Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music from the University of South Carolina. He earned his Doctor of Music from Florida State University. His treatise dealt with communication in modern opera. Additional research focused on Romantic dualism in Schumann's song literature.
Prior to his appointment at Lawrence Conservatory, Gates taught voice and directed opera at Stephen F. Austin State University (Texas) and at the University of Miami. He is currently the president of the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and on the voice faculty of La Musica Lirica, an opera training program in Emilia-Romagna, Italy.
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