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Church organist wins distinbuished alumnus award

STANFORD -- Memorial Church organist Robert Bates recently received a 1994 distinguished alumnus award from Wayne State University in Detroit. A 1974 graduate of the university, Bates was the only music major honored this year and is the first graduate in organ performance to earn the award.

In connection with the citation, Bates performed a concert that included a piece he wrote, Arizona Visions for Organ and Computer, accompanied by computer-generated graphics.

Bates earned a master's degree in organ performance from Southern Methodist University in 1976. He studied for two years in France with renowned teacher Madame Marie-Claire Alain, then came to Stanford where he earned a doctorate in historical musicology in 1986, the same year he was appointed to his position at Memorial Church.

He has won numerous awards, including the two highest performance prizes awarded by French conservatories.



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