Glenda Bates is a multi-faceted musician and teacher whose specialties include chamber music, orchestral repertoire, jazz, historical performance, and contemporary classical works for oboe and English horn. She is an active freelancer in Baroque, Classical, Contemporary, and Jazz ensembles, and is frequently sought out by contemporary composers to perform new works for oboe and English horn.
Dr. Bates has premiered dozens of compositions by living composers including Peter Winkler, Perry Goldstein, Robert Gibson, Daria Semegen, Andrew Conklin, Tomek Regulski, Richard Dubras, and more. Glenda also plays the Baroque oboe, performing with the Albany Consort and the California Bach Society.
Glenda fell in love with jazz and show music at an early age, and performs as a jazz vocalist and multi-instrumentalist throughout the Bay area and beyond. She has performed with Ray Anderson, Adam Theis, Eldad Tarmu, Bert Ligon, Rafi Malkiel, and Jenna McSwain.
A well-rounded performer, Dr. Bates is also an enthusiastic and creative teacher. She teaches private oboe, voice, and piano lessons, and taught undergraduate oboists at the University of Maryland from 2008-2010. She also has university classroom teaching experience in several areas of instruction including music appreciation, music after 1900, rock music, and jazz ensemble.
Glenda received her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Oboe Performance from Stony Brook University under the guidance of Professor Pedro Diaz, English horn soloist at the Metropolitan Opera. She earned her Master’s in Music from the University of Maryland, and her Bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina. Previous oboe teachers include Mark Hill, Rebecca Nagel, Carol Stephenson, and Susan Vought-Findley. She has also studied Baroque performance practice with Marc Schachmann and Arthur Haas, and jazz with Ray Anderson and Bert Ligon.