Morgan Bates is a trumpeter and educator based in Eugene, Oregon, where she 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. She currently plays 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. She 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. She has also held a fellowship with Orchestra NEXT for its past two seasons, performing in a number of productions with the Eugene Ballet.
Morgan received her Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude with departmental honors in music performance from Dickinson College. She has studied trumpet under the tutelage of esteemed musicians such as Brian McWhorter, Sarah Viens, and Jeffrey Wohlbach. Morgan spends her summers working with and teaching young artists as a Unit Director at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, where she has served as the principal staff trumpeter for four consecutive seasons. Outside of performance, Morgan frequently engages in independent research pertaining to popular music as well as gender, identity, and representation in the classical performance industry, teaches private trumpet and aural skills lessons, and performs as a lyric mezzo-soprano vocalist.