Carli Bates received a Bachelor of Music from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in music education and cello performance. Her graduate studies were completed at the University of Missouri-Columbia (Mizzou) in cello performance, while leading the Missouri String Project through Mizzou’s teaching assistantship program. Carli studied with Andrew Luchansky at California State University-Sacramento and taught the CSUS String Project under Suzuki pedagogue Judy Weigart-Bossaut.
Throughout her career, she has performed in the San Francisco Civic Symphony, Missouri Symphony, Las Vegas Philharmonic, St. Louis Civic Symphony, Odyssey Chamber Orchestra, Fiddleback Ensemble and has participated in the Chautauqua, Brandeis, and Las Vegas Summer Music Festivals. In addition, she has performed in orchestras with headliners Elton John, David Foster, Wynonna Judd, and Kenny G.
Ms. Bates values her role as a music educator. Currently, she is the orchestra director at Wilsonville High School and Wood Middle School. Before residing in Portland, she maintained a cello studio of all ages in San Francisco and served as the orchestra director at Edwardsville High School in Edwardsville, Illinois, where her orchestra was nominated and performed at the 2011 Illinois Music Educators (IMEA) All-State Convention. Carli is certified in the Suzuki Method and an active member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas.