Charles Gates

Charles Gates, professor of music, was on the faculty at the University of Mississippi from 1988 until his death on September 23, 2013 (Obituary). He served as department chair from 2005 to 2013 and as director of the Academic Support Center from 1999 to 2005. He was a Faculty Fellow with the Sally McDonnell-Barksdale Honors College, teaching Honors 101 and Honors 102, and served on the University General Education Committee. He held the B.M.E. degree in instrumental music education from Louisiana State University and the M.M. and D.M.A. degrees in trumpet performance and literature from Ohio State University. He served the International Trumpet Guild (ITG) as coordinator of the "Festival of Trumpets" concert at the ITG conference held at Louisiana State University, and as chair of the ITG Solo Performance Competition at the conference held in Göteborg, Sweden. He served as an adjudicator at the National Trumpet Competition at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, and was a member of the NTC Advisory Committee. He also presented at conferences of the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors, the National Academic Advising Association, and the C.S. Lewis North American Faculty Forum Conference. Professional ensemble experience included the Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus (Ohio), the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, the Tennessee Summer Symphony, and the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra (Lafayette, La.). He lately performed with the Meridian Symphony Orchestra (principal trumpet), the Mississippi Brass (the faculty brass quintet at the University of Mississippi), and as a free-lance musician in Memphis, and was active as a soloist and clinician throughout the region.

Selected Recordings and Publications:

  • Twelve Celebrated Fantaisies and Airs Varies by Joseph Jean-Baptiste Laurent Arban (1825-1889), Charles Gates (cornet) and Stacy Rodgers (piano), Centaur CRC 2917 (released July 1, 2008), compact disk.
  • Fantasie Brilliante: A Cornet Retrospective, Charles Gates (cornet) and Stacy Rodgers (piano), Centaur CRC 2743 (released July 1, 2005), compact disk.
  • An interview/article "Charles Gates: Streben nach dem Bel Canto" was published in the November 2010 issue of the German journal Sonic: Magazin für Holz- und Blechblasinstrumente. This was an interview conducted by Markus Bebek (Assistant Principal Trumpet at the Opern- und Museumsorchester Frankfurt/Main) about my background and development as a cornetist.
  • "The Modern Trumpet Player and the Cornet," Journal of the International Trumpet Guild 29 (March 2005).
  • "Religious Introspection and Experience as Valuable in the Development of Critical Thinking in College Students" (paper presented at the C.S. Lewis North American Faculty Forum Conference, University of California-Berkeley, October 11, 2003).

At the time of his death Dr. Gates was working on the following projects:

  • Research on repertoire in preparation to make a recording of cornet music of Herbert L. Clarke (1867-1945), regarded as America's greatest virtuoso cornetist and composer for the instrument.
  • Work with composer Dexter Morrill on an interview/article about his work, specifically the Concerto for Cornet.
  • Research for publication concerning cornet performance tradition and technique, with a focus on this instrument's influence on modern trumpet playing, as well as on its own particular history and merits.