Assistant Professor of Music
Ian Bates is Assistant Professor of Music at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music. He completed his Ph.D. in Music Theory from Yale University, from which institution he also holds Master of Arts and Master of Philosophy degrees. A native of Ontario, Canada, he earned a Bachelor of Music in theory and composition from the University of Western Ontario (UWO) where he was a National Scholar and faculty gold medallist. At UWO, he studied composition with Omar Daniel, Alan Heard, and Peter Paul Koprowski. A pianist, Ian is also an Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto (A.R.C.T.) and studied at UWO with Ronald Turini.
Prior to his appointment at Lawrence, Ian taught at UWO and at Yale. His research interests include 20th-century tonality and modality, theories of harmonic function, music theory pedagogy, and relationships between performance and analysis. His dissertation, supervised by Daniel Harrison, theorizes post-common-practice diatonic harmony and large-scale diatonic relationships in the music of Vaughan Williams. Ian has presented papers at regional and national music theory conferences and his article “Vaughan Williams’ Five Variants of ‘Dives and Lazarus’: A Study of the Composer’s Approach to Diatonic Organization” will appear in the journal Music Theory Spectrum in the spring of 2012.