SALLY ROSE BATES, mezzo-soprano, earned a Masters Degree in Vocal Performance from the Georgia State University with a full scholarship and stipend to attend and an Undergraduate Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater also with a scholarship to study. In addition, she has studied piano for twenty years to also include collegiate studies as well as accompanying choirs and soloists. Sally has performed numerous lead vocal roles including, Marcellina (Marriage of Figaro), Zita (Gianni Schicchi), Sister Miriam (The Three Hermits), Lola (Gallantry), Edith (Pirates of Penzance), and Miss Jones (How to Succeed in Business), which are just some of her most recent career highlights. Sally has been a featured soloist and performer in the La Musica Lirica Opera Festivals in Urbania and Nova Feltria, Italy during 2003-2007. She has sung at Carnegie Hall with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Overture Center with Madison Opera, Rialto Theatre with Georgia State Opera, Conant Theatre with Capital City Opera, Cole Auditorium, Reinhardt University’s Falany Performing Arts Center and Douglass Theatre with Peach State Opera as well as the Stoughton Opera Company in Wisconsin just to name a few. In 2010 Sally won the prestigious NATS 1st place award in the Advanced Adult Women category. In 2011 she was a Finalist in the worldwide renowned American’s Traditions Competition. Sally performs with Atlanta Opera at the Cobb Energy Center as well as frequently throughout the greater Atlanta area to include many solo church appearances. She also does singing TV tapings for Channel 6 at AIB Studios with Hal Brady Ministries.