Crawford Gates (born December 29, 1921) is a musician, composer, and conductor known for his contributions to the body of LDS music.
He studied composition with two Pulitzer Prize composers, Howard Hanson, Ernst Toch, and with Leroy Robertson. Crawford studied conducting with Eleazar de Carvalho at Tanglewood and Hans Swarowsky of the Vienna State Opera.
He was a member of the Music Faculty at Brigham Young University summers of 1948-60, full-time 1950-66. He was the Chair of BYU’s Music Department 1960-66. Crawford was a Professor of Music and Artist in Residence at Beloit College (WI) from 1966-1989.
In addition to being a professor, Gates was also the Music Director of the Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra (WI) for 34 years (1963–64, 1966–99) where he prepared 45 orchestral and orchestral-choral arrangements for annual Children’s and Pops Concerts. He was the Music Director of Quincy Symphony 1969-70 and the Rockford Symphony Orchestra (IL) 1970-86.
He has composed or arranged over 800 titles since age eight. His works have been performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and major orchestras in Dallas, Kansas City, Rochester and Milwaukee. Gates has had musical relationships (guest conducting, recording, commissioned compositions and premieres) with five major musical organizations in Utah : the Utah Symphony, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Orchestra at Temple Square, Ballet West, Utah Opera and the Oratorio Society of Utah.
He wrote the music score to the play Promised Valley (1947) celebrating the centennial entrance of Utah pioneers into the Salt Lake Valley. This stage work has been produced over 2,700 times, across six languages and five continents.
He composed two hymns in the current LDS hymn book, #113 Our Savior’s Love and #215 Ring Out, Wild Bells, and wrote the music for two hymns in the current LDS Children's Songbook, "On a Golden Springtime" and "Baptism".
- Beloit Teacher Index http://www.beloit.edu/~archives/documents/archival_collections/faculty/index.php
- Conducting Work http://www.sai-national.org/pubs/win99/cgates.html
- Temple Square Concerts http://www.meridianmagazine.com/churchupdate/020814temple.html
- Promised Valley Info http://www.sonsofutahpioneers.org/pdf/gates.pdf
- Hill Cumorah Music Score http://maxwellinstitute.byu.edu/pdf.php?filename=OTk5Njc3NDEzLTEzLTEucGRm&type=amJtcw==
- LDS Hymn Book http://www.lds.org/cm/acomposersearchalpha/1,18279,4783-1-1,00.html
- Deseret News Article Oct 2006, The music of Crawford Gates, by Carma Wadley http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249,650200356,00.html
- Children's Songbook. Salt Lake City: Intellectual Reserve, Inc., 2005, pp. 88, 100.