Pamela Bates

Pam Bates

Associate Professor of Music

Office: The Chapel
Phone: (309)467-6398


M.Music Performance, Piano Studies and Music Theory, Bradley University, 1982

Research Interests

Currently am researching and studying / practicing the piano literature of Spanish composers. I am particularly interested in presenting Spanish piano duet literature to EC piano students and alumni, who will be performing in the 5th Annual Cynthia Atterbury Piano Duet Recital on February 24, 2014.

Teaching Interests

I am teaching Music Theory courses in the sequence of four semesters. These four courses are required of all music majors. Two courses are required of music minors. The first level course is also open to the student body as an elective.

I teach Applied Piano lessons to 20 Music Majors and minors. I coach Junior and Senior Piano Performance majors in required recital performances.

Professional Activity

I initiated the Cynthia Atterbury Piano Duet Recital at Eureka College during the 2009 – 10 academic year. The catalyst for this type of annual duet performance was the donation of a 2nd grand piano in McCallister Hall of The Chapel by our EC Trustee, Rennie Atterbury. With this additional grand piano, our students are now able to learn and perform piano ensemble literature. The Duet Recital is performed in February of each year and planning for the coming year begins in March – immediately following each performance.

As a service to the campus community and surrounding area, I compile a Music Events Calendar each year, listing the upcoming musical performance offerings for each semester.

I serve as the piano accompanist for the EC voice studios, playing for junior and senior voice recitals. I also accompany EC voice students in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competition.

As accompanist for the EC chorale, I perform on Spring and Fall Campus Concerts.

As the EC Convocation Pianist, I play for all formal convocations – Homecoming, Founders’ Day, December Graduation Recognition, Honors Ceremony, EC President’s Recognition Dinner for Trustees and Donors (not sure if that is the exact "title") and Baccalaureate.

I serve as an adjudicator for the Peoria Area Music Teachers’ Association (PAMTA) Scholarship competition.

In March of 2013, I presented a Dean’s Lecture Recital, "How Does Your Harmony Function?", on the music composition of the early Classical composers – performing works by J.C. Bach and W.A. Mozart.

In addition to my EC responsibilities and interests, I also offer private piano instruction for students from Eureka and surrounding communities.

I have served as a church musician (choir director and/or service pianist) at Memorial Christian Church, Salem Lutheran Church and First United Methodist Church in Peoria, Il.


Having grown up in the central Illinois area, I attending Richwoods HS and Bradley University in Peoria. I currently reside in Germantown Hills with my husband, John, who is the Senior Pastor at St. Marks Lutheran Church in Washington, Il. and my labradoodle, Roscoe.