Conductor, Junior String Orchestra, Interlochen Arts Camp
Director of Orchestral Activities, Otterbein University
Ph.D. in Musicology, University of Kentucky; M.M. in Double Bass Performance, Indiana University; B.M.E. in Music Education, University of Louisville
Jim Bates is Director of Orchestral Activities at Otterbein University in Columbus, OH and serves as an assistant conductor for the Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestras (2006-present). He was a conductor for the Louisville (KY) Youth Orchestras (1983-2001), serving as music director from 1996 – 2001. In 1999 he joined the conducting staff of Interlochen Center for the Arts and continues to co-direct the Junior Orchestra program and Junior Advanced String Institute. He has served as a clinician or guest conductor throughout North America, including an active involvement with ASTA at the state and national levels, and serves on the state board of Ohio String Teacher's Association. He serves on the National Board of Directors of Classical Mandolin Society of America, and is chair of their educational initiative. Dr. Bates is assistant conductor and principal bassist of the Westerville Symphony (OH), and a member of The Early Interval, Columbus' professional early music ensemble.