Robert Bates is Professor of Organ at the Moores School of Music, the University of Houston. He received his Ph.D. in musicology from Stanford University in 1986, where he served as University Organist. He has been a Fellow at the Institute of Sacred Music and Senior Research Scholar at Yale University.

Dr. Bates won prizes for organ performance in Fort Wayne (first and second), San Antonio, Detroit, and Bruges; he was awarded two French conservatory prizes, the Prix d'excellence and the Prix de virtuosité, both from the class of Marie-Claire Alain. He has performed and lectured widely in Europe and at many universities in the United States, including Cornell, Harvard, Stanford, Yale, Rice, UC Berkeley, UT Austin, Duke, Notre Dame, Vassar, Northwestern, Arizona State University, the University of Arizona, the University of Michigan, the University of North Texas, the University of Kansas, the University of Washington, Westminster Choir College, the New England Conservatory of Music, the Eastman School of Music, and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. His articles have appeared in the Organ Yearbook, Music and Letters, Performance Practice Review, Les Cahiers d'Artes, and The Journal of Early Keyboard Music. His extensive discography includes the complete works of Johannes Brahms, Louis-Claude Daquin, Jehan Titelouze, and Francisco Correa de Arauxo (to be released). A live performance for the AGO National Convention in Seattle is available on CD (ReZound Recordings).

Robert Bates is represented by Penny Lorenz Artist Management of Seattle, Washington.