College of Music

University of Colorado Boulder

David Kates

Visiting Lecturer
Macky Auditorium Room 107
303-492-6403

Mailing Address:
301 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0301

David Kates, Lecturer in Choral Music, specializes in working with singers of all ages and in preparing choruses to perform with orchestra. He conducts the University Singers and teaches Choral Conducting at University of Colorado.  Dr. Kates has worked as a clinician, presenter and festival conductor throughout the region, and has conducted a number of major works for chorus and orchestra, including most recently Honegger’s King David, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Dvorak’s Te Deum, Handel’s Messiah, Duruflé’s Requiem and Haydn’s Creation.  Over his career he has conducted performances with the Colorado Chamber Orchestra, the Boulder Philharmonic, the Mercury Ensemble, the Denver Chamber Orchestra, the Littleton Symphony Orchestra and the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra.  He has been active in the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), serving at the state, regional and national levels.  Dr. Kates is a past Editor of Colorado Choral Director, and has presented workshops and published with organizations in Colorado and Tennessee.  His church choirs have performed at state and regional ACDA conferences.  He has also been an active member of Choristers Guild, Conductors Guild, Chorus America, and the Hymn Society of America.  David Kates holds a BM in Composition from Louisiana State University, a MM in Musicology from Sam Houston State University and a DMA in Choral Literature and Conducting from University of Colorado, Boulder.  He attended seminary at Iliff School of Theology, was an intern at the Santa Fe Opera and an apprentice conductor with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra.  His principal teachers have been Joan Catoni Conlon, Lawrence Kaptein, Roger Melone, the late B.R. Henson and Victor Klimash.  Dr. Kates directs the music program at Littleton United Methodist church in Littleton, where he lives with his wife, Kelly, and their two young daughters.