Morgan Bates is a trumpeter and educator based in Eugene, Oregon. She is currently a Master of Music performance student at the University of Oregon, where she is a Graduate Teaching Fellow/GE and member of the Oregon Brass Quintet alongside of UO's brass faculty.
As a soloist, Morgan has studied classical and orchestral performance under the tutelage of Brian McWhorter, Sarah Viens, and Jeffrey Wohlbach. She is a two-time winner of the Dickinson College Concerto Competition, a 2017 recipient of an International Trumpet Guild Conference Scholarship, and a 2018 (solo) and 2019 (small ensemble) quarterfinalist for the National Trumpet Competition. She has performed in solo master classes for Mark Gould, Jack Sutte, Barbara Laronga, and Rachel Therrien, among numerous others.
Outside of solo work, Morgan has performed with numerous professional ensembles, such as the Eugene Symphony, Rogue Valley Symphony, Harrisburg Choral Society, Cantate Carlisle, and as the co-principal of Sinfonietta Polonia, a regional orchestra in Wielkopolska, Poland, for its 2017 New Year's Tour. Morgan has served as the principal trumpeter of the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp Staff Band and Brass Quintet from 2016-18 and has taught trumpet sectionals to young campers. She is currently performs with the UO Symphony Orchestra, UO Graduate Brass Quintet, UO Trumpet Ensembles, and the Pacific Artists Collective. She is also a fellow with Orchestra NEXT for its 2018-19 season with the Eugene Ballet.
Morgan received her Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude with departmental honors in music from Dickinson College with a minor in religion. Outside of trumpet performance, she frequently conducts independent musicological research, teaches trumpet and aural skills lessons, and performs as a lyric mezzo soprano vocalist.