biography

"You use a mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul" - George Bernard Shaw.

Dorothy Gates was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Like her fellow countryman, George Bernard Shaw, she believes in the power of art to see your soul, and transform the world.  Dorothy received her Bachelor of Music degree in Composition and Trombone Performance from Queens University Belfast, Master of Music degree in Trombone Performance from the University of Michigan and her PhD in Composition from the University of Salford. Her principal composition teachers were Kevin Volans, George Wilson, Joseph Turrin and Peter Graham.

Dorothy has produced works in many genres.  These compositions have been performed in concert halls throughout the world, including: Carnegie Hall, the Royal Albert Hall, Cadogan Hall, The O2, Queen Elizabeth Hall in London and the Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto.  In 2015 the New York Staff Band of The Salvation Army released a CD of Dorothy Gates' music entitled All Glorious (available on iTunes).

Career highlights include the performance of The Lamb by Joseph Alessi in April 2010; the U.S. Army Field Band's performance of Hope at the International Trumpet Guild conference May 2014; the performance of War Cry with the New York Staff Band at Carnegie Hall March 2012 and the screening of her silent movei, The Salvation Army Lass in the O2, London, England July 2015.

The River Oaks Chamber Orchestra & the Wortham Foundation recently commissioned and premiered Servant of Peace - Concerto for Trombone & Chamber Orchestra, April 2016 for trombone soloist Thomas Hulten and the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra.  In 2016 the North American Brass Band Association selected her piece Ravenhill Suite as a test piece for their annual brass band contest for their youth section.

Marie Speziale, Professor Emerita of Trumpet at Rice University said of Dorothy Gates' work Hope, "What an EXCITING piece!  I must confess that it has been quite a long time since I've been this impressed with a piece for brass."

Dorothy is the Senior Music Producer for The Salvation Army's Eastern Territory in New York and has been the Composer-in-Residence for the New York Staff Band since 2002.  Dorothy is the first woman Composer/Editor to be employed by The Salvation Army in this role.  In addition, she is the Director for the New York Staff Band Chorus.  Dorothy, her husband Mark, and beagle Dougal live in Warwick, NY.