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Dr. Dustin Cates

Assistant Professor


Music Education




    • B.M.E. (Choral) University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory
      M.S.S.L. (School Leadership) Baker University
      Ph.D. (Choral Music Education) University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory

      Dr. Dustin S. Cates is a teacher, conductor, singer, researcher and proud native of Kansas City, Missouri. He is passionate about music making and its ability to have a positive impact on the human condition. As a result of his experience as a leader and educator, he is in demand as a choral adjudicator, clinician, and conductor throughout the United States.

      He conducts the University Chorale at Temple, supervises graduate students and teaches courses in choral/vocal pedagogy, choral methods, and music education. His research explores issues of diversity, inclusion, and social justice in choral music. Prior to coming to Temple, Cates served as Artistic Director and Conductor of Heartland Men’s Chorus, taught high school choral music in the Kansas City metropolitan area and served as Associate Director of Worship Arts at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection.

      He is an active member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). He serves as National ACDA Repertoire and Resources Chair for Tenor/Bass Choral Ensembles and is Past President of the Kansas Choral Directors Association.