John T. Gates teaches at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music. As a bass soloist in a dozen German opera houses, he sang some 1000 performances of 80 roles over a period of 13 years. Gates holds the degrees Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music from the University of South Carolina. He earned his Doctor of Music from Florida State University. Prior to his appointment at Lawrence Conservatory, Gates taught voice and directed opera at Stephen F. Austin State University and at the University of Miami.