Glenda Bates is an oboist, vocalist, composer, curator, and multi-disciplinary artist blending genres, styles, and art-forms into immersive narrative experiences. 

A classically trained oboist with a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Oboe Performance, Glenda is an active freelancer in 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, listening to old swing records and musical soundtracks with her family, and spending her summers in performing arts camps. She performs as a jazz vocalist and multi-instrumentalist throughout the Bay Area and beyond.  She has performed with Ray Anderson, Jazz Mafia, Eldad Tarmu, Bert Ligon, Rafi Malkiel, and Jenna McSwain.

Glenda writes children's songs, and music curriculum for early childhood music classes. Check out her KinderBlues website

She also writes everyone songs inspired by many styles of music including blues, folk, jazz, theater, and classical.  She also writes chamber music including SpaceWalk Blues for woodwind trio and vibraphone, and a growing collection of original songs arranged for voice and string trio. 

Blending the boundaries between language and music, Glenda writes poetry and song poems.  She was an artist in residence at the Artship, a community art space in Playland, a neighborhood park in the Outer Sunset district in San Francisco. Her installation, Poet's Blues, combined poetry, music performance, painting, space making, and community engagement to explore aspects of the blues musically, spiritually, emotionally, and as a whole body, multi sensory experience. 

Glenda was a curator at San Francisco's Center for New Music for two years.  He series presented jazz and cassical musicians blending styles, and pushing boundaries to create new musical trajectories. 


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.

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