Morgan Bates (they/she) is a trumpeter and educator based in Eugene, Oregon and is currently pursuing dual master's degrees in trumpet performance and musicology with a certificate in women's, gender, and sexuality studies at the University of Oregon. Morgan holds appointments as Second Trumpet with the Oregon Brass Quintet, Second Trumpet with the Oregon Mozart Players, and Third Trumpet with the Rogue Valley Symphony.
As a 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 esteemed professional ensembles, such as the Eugene Symphony, Newport Symphony, and as the co-principal of Sinfonietta Polonia, an orchestra based in Poznan, Poland, for its 2017 New Year's Tour. Morgan currently performs with the Eugene Difficult Music Ensemble, Pacific Artists Collective, of which she serves as Artistic Director, and the UO Trumpet Ensemble, which has been selected to perform at the 2019 and 2020 National Trumpet Competition quarterfinals. Morgan has also held a fellowship with Orchestra NEXT in its 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons, performing in a number of productions with the Eugene Ballet.
In the field of musicology, Morgan specializes in vocality studies, popular music, and feminist and queer studies. Currently writing a thesis about the music of Janelle Monáe, vocal performativity, identity construction, and white listenership, Morgan's current research explores cross-disciplinary musical perspectives between musicology/ethnomusicology, women's, gender, and sexuality studies, and Black studies. Morgan is a passionate educator with teaching experience in ethnomusicology, hip hop, and music education courses as well as lessons at the University of Oregon as a Graduate Teaching Fellow.
Morgan received a 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 Brian McWhorter, Sarah Viens, and Jeffrey Wohlbach. Morgan has spent four summers working with young artists as a Unit Director at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, having served as the principal staff trumpeter and played alongside the camp's esteemed faculty. Outside of music, Morgan is a religion scholar, drag enthusiast, and avid fan of the Food Network star Ina Garten.