Morgan Bates is a trumpeter, musicologist, and educator based in Eugene, Oregon. Morgan currently holds positions as Second Trumpet with the Oregon Mozart Players, Third Trumpet of the Rogue Valley Symphony, and trumpet, vocalist, and percussionist with the Eugene Difficult Music Ensemble.
As a trumpet soloist, Morgan is a two-time winner of the Dickinson College Concerto Competition, a 2017 recipient of an International Trumpet Guild Conference Scholarship, and a 2018 quarterfinalist for the National Trumpet Competition in the undergraduate solo division. In addition to solo work, Morgan has performed with numerous professional ensembles, such as the Eugene Symphony, Newport Symphony, Blue Lake Festival Band, and as the co-principal of Sinfonietta Polonia, an orchestra based in Poznan, Poland, for its 2017 New Year's Tour. Morgan has also held a fellowship with Orchestra NEXT in its 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons, and has performed in a number of productions with the Eugene Ballet. During their graduate studies at the University of Oregon, Morgan held the position of Second Trumpet with the UO faculty's Oregon Brass Quintet, performed in the UO Trumpet Ensemble, led the UO Trumpet Ensemble to the 2019 and 2020 NTC quarterfinals, and, upon graduation, was awarded Outstanding Graduate Performer of their graduating class.
In the field of musicology, Morgan specializes in vocality studies, popular music, and feminist and queer studies. Morgan's research explores cross-disciplinary perspectives from musicology/ethnomusicology, women's, gender, and sexuality studies, and Black studies. Morgan's recent projects cover a broad array of genres from past and present. explore sexuality and gender fluidity in music across genres and centuries, from Janelle Monáe's constructions of identity in Dirty Computer to gender and sexual fluidity in Händel's opera Alcina. Morgan has presented at the Pacific Northwest Regional American Musicological Society Conference and the Musicking Conference.
Morgan is a passionate educator with teaching experience in ethnomusicology, hip hop, music education courses, as well as trumpet lessons at the University of Oregon as a Graduate Teaching Fellow. Morgan has also taught trumpet to Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp's youngest musician during their four summers as a unit director/cabin counselor and principal trumpet of numerous staff ensembles.
Morgan holds a Master of Music in Trumpet Performance and and Master of Arts in Musicology with a Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Certificate from the University of Oregon. Additionally Morgan received their Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude with departmental honors in music performance from Dickinson College. Morgan has studied trumpet under the tutelage of esteemed musicians such as Sarah Viens, Brian McWhorter, and Jeffrey Wohlbach. Outside of music, Morgan is a mental health and mental illness advocate, religion scholar, and drag enthusiast.