Graduate Student (1st Year)
Originally from Muskogee, Oklahoma, Ben Gates holds a Bachelor of Music in Theory and Composition from the Middle Tennessee State University School of Music. His research interests include the intersections of music, drama, and culture in everything from the operas of Richard Wagner to contemporary Broadway musicals. Other interests include early 20th century German music and the works of Charles Ives. In his free time, Ben loves to watch movies of all kinds, read voraciously, and get his friends together to play board games.