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Keith Gates: Guestbook

Judy Castle Wells

Sunday, August 14th, 2011 3:29 PM CDT

I was a friend of Keith's in junior high and high school in Lake Charles. I will always remember him as one of the kindest, sweetest people I have ever known.
I'm so heartsick to hear of his passing. Rest in peace, my beautiful friend - you were in a league of your own.

Megan Metheney

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011 2:06 PM CDT

I am really enjoying Keith's "Autumn" work for solo harp- thank you, Julie, for introducing it to me! Best wishes, Megan

Michael Tisher

Monday, July 25th, 2011 8:52 PM CDT

I only heard about Keith Gates's passing from another friend just recently. I first met Keith as a teenager in GPGC in 1983. He showed such compassion for his work as well as a love of teaching it to others. He even had me over to his place for dinner to meet his wonderful family. I will never forget you, Keith, and today, you hold a special place in my heart for all the wonderful accomplishments that you had while on Earth. Thank you!

Matt Miller

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010 4:18 PM CDT

I am a freshman at Royal Oak High School in Royal Oak, Michigan. I also play clarinet in our Wind Ensemble. We played Mr. Gates' "Passages" for our recent concert. It is honestly the most beautiful piece of music I have ever heard. I look forward to listening to more of Mr. Gates' music.

Mr. Gates, though you left this Earth, you will not be forgotten. Music never leaves the composers memory behind.

Rest in peace, Keith.

Kristi Keen

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009 3:40 PM CST

Mr. Gates-I'm finally performing your Sonatina tonight!!!! I hope I can do it justice.


Kristi (Boothe) Keen

Ryan Nagle

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009 10:34 AM CDT

Keith was an inspiration and a good friend to me. After Keith and I performed a short play together he encouraged me to go to college (I felt inadequate for academia) and study acting. Now, five years later I am on my way to NJ to attend Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University this Fall. Thank you, Keith, for your kindness and zest!
Your friend,

Ira David Wood III

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009 9:05 AM CDT

It was my honor to have known Keith.
His talent, grace and beautiful music continue to bless the world.

Craig Whittaker

Friday, April 3rd, 2009 9:22 PM CDT

I only knew Keith for a short time back in 1984 when I taught saxophone at McNeese. Keith welcomed me as a new young faculty and we ended up making music together with his saxophone piece for chamber ensemble. I will always remember his kind spirit and look forward to seeing him again in heaven.

Tamara Morris

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009 11:03 PM CST

I am blessed through Julie to know this life and music...

Jimmy Baas

Monday, January 26th, 2009 1:13 PM CST

McNeese Alumni (1983-1988). Played on the original Symphony for Winds that is on this website. TENOR SAXOPHONE or maybe ALTO SAXOPHONE (can't remember which one). I had Keith Gates for several undergraduate theory/ear-training classes. I have wonderful memories of my time with Mr. Gates. I will also never forget the SAXOPHONE chamber piece that he wrote while I was a student there.

Jimmy Baas

Kenneth Crain

Monday, September 29th, 2008 6:08 PM CDT

Happy Birthday old friend! I miss our conversations at your home. I hope to see you again one day in heaven.

Richard Irvin

Monday, September 29th, 2008 12:35 PM CDT

Oh, how I wish so many of you could have listened in on my conversations with Keith, because even more than the music he loved so much he would ask, right now, for all of you to hear the music inside his music. Jesus, the Christ, who saved him, heard his cry for help, and rescued him.


Monday, September 29th, 2008 11:21 AM CDT

"Para Mi Papa"

How good that today
the tears can come
easily, like a rainy night.

While outside the pool men
wash and scrub,
and the sun shines, painfully
on Houston's blue sky--

siempre some lost balloon
floating beneath planes
and above palms.

Inside, the melancholy
notes of his nocturne
sing sweetly his lullaby.

And on a sixtieth
birthday, my father
still sleeps.

Jeanette Read Breaux

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008 10:10 PM CDT

Dear Mr. Gates,

I found out about your passing by stumbling upon this website. Heaven must be loving the music you are providing. Thank you for laughing at the silly songs I tried to make up while learning to play piano (I still can't play). Thank you for just being kind and for allowing me to take part in Evangeline.

Irena Morris

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008 12:04 PM CDT

I miss you all guys and I wish I could hug you Suzy!

Suzanna Gates Watson

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008 3:07 PM CDT

I miss you dad, and love you so much.

Karen Schowalter Cooper

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008 3:03 PM CDT

Keith, tonite I'll keep vigil as I watch the sky...
I will not worry about the hole in the ozone,
because I know that a beautiful and shining soul
is up there...busy weaving and keeping an eye on us here below.
I'll hold you in my heart as I sing your music and thank God again and again for blessing me...
through knowing you.
Love, Karen aka Harper

Erin McMillen Scalisi

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008 12:35 AM CDT

I was in Wisconsin when I heard of the passing of Mr. Gates. I was shocked and saddened to hear of his passing. He is a man who touched so many lives and I am one of them. I remember in theory we would always try to get him off subject :) (which was not a hard thing to do). I am honored to call myself one of his students.

Kenneth Crain

Friday, May 16th, 2008 10:11 PM CDT

Mr. Gates, as I get my degree tomorrow from McNeese, I want you to know that I could not do it without your friendship and leadership. It has almost been a year since you left us and I miss our conversations at your home. Hopefully you had the chance to listen to the music of Hans Zimmer, the film composer I told you about. But anyway, you will be in my thoughts, and I know you will be looking down at me tomorrow.


Saturday, April 12th, 2008 3:11 PM CDT

I remember you.. we went to school together.. I have this memory of you playing the piano at a cast party.. and you had a girl friend.. older than you.. she stood behind you while you played and put her hand against your heart.. It was a mental image I carried all my life. Your brother asked me out.. but I don't remember his name.. he was a big guy.. really likable .. you were a little skinny god


Tuesday, April 8th, 2008 6:29 PM CDT

Dear Mr. Lane and Mrs. Julie-

What you two are doing together is amazing. I am watching the concert at this very moment online. What a treat! Mrs Julie, thank you for letting Mr. Keith speak through you with his music. Mr. Lane, thank you for pulling this site, the concert pdf, and the awesome videocast together.

Though I knew Mr. Keith since for 25 years, since age 2, I am learning about a side of him I never really got to see. I am becoming a "Keith Gates fan!"

I am so glad that I got to be part of this evening! Thank you for inviting me!

Chris Condit
Austin, TX

Jeremy Boudreaux

Monday, March 10th, 2008 3:40 AM CDT

I recently learned that Mr. Gates was a Sinfonian, and I wanted to express how honored I am to share the bond of brotherhood with such an amazing human being! OAS AAS LLS!!!!!!!

Kristi Boothe

Monday, March 3rd, 2008 11:29 AM CST

Dear Mr. Gates,

I hope you can see this. Last Saturday I auditioned at CCM and before I started playing Dr. Garner asked me to tell you hello. So, HELLO from Dr. Garner!

I miss you! I love you, but I know you are doing well! I am so proud to play the flute because of the beautiful music you have written for flute. Your music has inspired and helped me in so many situations.

I bought your Suite Comique last week. I plan to bug the string professor at whatever school I'm going to in the fall to until he or she helps me put this together! I've wanted to play this since I heard it.

I love this website!

I hope you can see how many lives you have touched Mr. Gates!!!


Kristi Boothe

carl richardson

Monday, February 25th, 2008 10:22 AM CST

a special man.

Oden L Woodward (Bud)

Sunday, February 3rd, 2008 6:55 AM CST

I remember Keith, specially when we all lived in Geneva House in Brooklyn, and attended both Calvary Baptist Church and Trinity Baptist Church. I remember when he had to sell his baby grand piano when he moved from Manhattan to Geneva House. It was so difficult for him, but he arose to the occasion knowing God would provide. I walked in the bedroom one day at Geneva House, and found Keither on his knees crying before God. He was a dear friend, a brother in Christ, and I long to see him again around the throne of God when we all get home. My prayers are with you Christa and the family.

Stephanie M.

Monday, January 28th, 2008 11:32 PM CST

This is my first time on the website. This past fall my high school band played "Icarus and Daedalus", and I absolutely loved it. It was definitely one of my favorite pieces throughout my four years, and I am so glad that I was introduced to the music of Keith Gates!!

Garrett Guillotte

Sunday, January 27th, 2008 9:00 PM CST

Keith cast me in a GPGC drama production " it was my first acting role, and he put me in the lead and title role, no less. He had more faith in me than I could've ever fathomed, and performing that play was, and remains, probably my favorite experience at anything ever.

It also led to years of joy acting and watching theatre, an art I had never considered before I met him, and will always love because of him.

Now, all I can do is regret that I had to leave his music composition class that same session. I had hoped, when I was back in Lake Charles, to talk to him about music. What a shock it was to walk up to his office/classroom last year and learn of his passing.

Many thanks to Lane for this memorial to Keith, and my best wishes to his Keith's family, both in blood and in spirit. He touched more lives than anyone could count, and I'm blessed to have known him.

Dawn McDaniel Burnett

Friday, November 23rd, 2007 4:12 AM CST

...I am thankful for having known such a brilliant musician and warm, loving person...

John Calvin Schwarze, McNeese St.-Class of '96

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007 10:13 PM CST

Mr. Gates,

So, I'm surfing the McNeese website, to see what's going on these days in the old music building. I click on your website link and my jaw drops to the floor to find out that you have left this earth for the greener pastures of our Heavenly Father.

Thank you so much for so many things. Thank you for the lives you have touched with your music. Thank you for the teaching you did. Thank you for the accompanying you did for me. However, the greatest thing I have to thank you for is probably something that you thought trivial at the time. As music librarian you introduced me to the artistry of Jussi Bjoerling. As a struggling tenor voice student, you suggested I listen to him. Somehow you knew that I needed to hear HIM, not Pav, Domingo, Carreras, or even the Great Caruso. You, the rest of the McNeese faculty, and Jussi Bjoerling have made me the singer and teacher I am today. Please tell Ron Brumley that I miss him very much also.

San Antonio, TX

Carol Lines

Thursday, October 25th, 2007 6:31 PM CDT

Keith, pray that you are with us and can hear and feel all these wonderful comments your admirers have written. This week your music brought to me possibly the most wonderful comment about my singing that I have ever received. I'm glad your music was the vehicle. I performed your Three Songs to Texts by Women Composers at UL Lafayette last week. In Life, the high C might well have been the best I've ever sung. I love and miss you and will see you in heaven, my dear friend.

Mary Dibbern

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007 11:57 AM CDT

I am glad to join the fans of Keith Gates. Thanks to Lane for introducing me to his wonderful music.

Jimmy Duhon

Wednesday, October 10th, 2007 10:51 AM CDT

Much thanks to Keith for sharing music through his composition and teaching. Amazing to think about the numerous lives he has touched and influenced. His professional endeavors are inspirational to us all.

Joe Byers

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007 11:10 AM CDT

First visit to website. Will return as time permits. Thank you.

Tommy Juarez

Saturday, September 29th, 2007 1:18 PM CDT

Happy Birthday to my dear former professor, mentor and friend, Keith. In my music appreciation class, we've just completed studying opera and I just shared with my students the joy, fun and incredible learning experience of being a part of Keith's TOM SAWYER. What great fun that was...

Julie Miller

Saturday, September 29th, 2007 11:24 AM CDT

Happy birthday, dear Keith. We performed Canto yesterday, and it was a poignant experience for me. I remember one year we gave a recital of piano duets on your birthday - I enjoyed it so much. I am grateful to the Irvins for giving us a video of a similar recital. It is inspiring to watch your face as you play.

Lane and I miss you continually, but we find it rewarding and meaningful to be immersed in your music.

Elena Burnett

Saturday, September 29th, 2007 2:44 AM CDT

I grew up seeing Mr. Gates walking up and down the halls of the McNeese music department while my mom was in school. He use to always talk to me and my sister when he would see us. He always made us smile, and we thought he was funny. He was a wounderful man and a musical genius. We miss him dearly. Happy birthday Keith.

Shirley Alexander Morgan, Troy & Trevor

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007 6:42 PM CDT

Christa and family,

I only learned of Keith's passing recently, and was so shocked and saddened. I remember well his sense of humor, his kindness, his gentle nature, and passion for the arts ... and for his family. I believe it was his passion for family that impressed me most - he loved you all so much, and played so happily with his children.

We will never forget him or your lovely family - His life is eternal.

Shirley, Troy, and Trevor
Noblesville, IN

Lynn Dearden

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007 12:02 AM CDT

Again another September 11th. But this time I will be comforted listening to An American Requiem and thanking Keith in prayer.

Patrick Byers

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007 5:42 AM CDT

Randy Wilson e-mailed last January concerning the NCSA concert honoring Keith. I found this site this morning, and the news of Keith's passing to the next world. I can only feel reverent silence, the kind following a deep prayer. There was something right about this world with Keith Gates among us. His absence leaves a chilling gap. I suppose I always assumed he would be a presence as wonderful as he was in NCSA days. Keith and his music smiled a heart- warming gift in the midst of a troubled 60's. Farewell, sweet prince! Angels sing thee to thy rest.

Mickey Rybiski

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007 6:01 AM CDT

I knew Keith as a teacher, accompanist, and friend. He always took an interest in my success during my time at McNeese and afterward. I will always cherish the opportunity to premiere Evangeline; to perform for him alongside many of my other teachers from the faculty. I trusted his musicianship, artistry, his commitment to his craft. I learned from Keith what it meant to be a musician. I don't know that he knew that. I hope that his family can take comfort in the difference he made for one of his many students. Thank you.
Mickey Rybiski

Mimi Mansky

Friday, July 13th, 2007 1:30 AM CDT

I must confess, I've never heard of Keith Gates, but I am most impressed with his music. He is a loss to the music world and to his loved ones as well.

Todd Beaney

Saturday, June 30th, 2007 10:22 AM CDT

I was fortunate to know Keith while in grad school at McNeese, and am so saddened to hear of his passing. He was a special man with a special musical gift that will always be remembered, and a shining example of Christ's love. I thank God for his life!

Danyel Ramelow

Friday, June 22nd, 2007 4:23 PM CDT

My brother Noyan and I took piano lessons from Mr. Gates when we were boys. He was a good piano teacher. I'm sure I frustrated him quite a bit because I didn't practice but he never got upset. I remember one day he took my brother and me to the convenience store around the corner for a treat. He didn't have to do that, you know. Anyway, that was 25 years or so ago. Thanks for the piano lessons Mr. Gates. I hope you have found peace.

Alli Partin

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007 4:17 PM CDT

To the man who taught me what I do for a living: I love you and I miss you. You live on in so many minds and memories around the globe. You were a light in the Shearman Fine Arts Building @ McNeese. So unafraid to tell your students about the Love you knew in your life, you shared the two greatest gifts in the world: Christ and music. No longer can I pass you in the hall and try to get you to compose an English horn solo or a soprano aria, but the choirs in heaven surely sound a little bit sweeter now. Rest easy Mr. Gates.

David Kerr

Tuesday, June 5th, 2007 6:09 PM CDT

Though Keith is no longer physically present, his genuine goodness, and musical greatness are eternally with us.

Janna and Craig Match and family

Tuesday, June 5th, 2007 5:36 PM CDT

Our family will always have memories of a special Shabbat evening that we spent with Keith, Cherie and Stephen. Keith was so warm, engaged and talented. He will be missed by so many people. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your loved ones.

Ransom Wilson

Tuesday, June 5th, 2007 8:53 AM CDT

Dear Christa and the children, My deepest condolences to you. The loss of Keith is a great tragedy for all of us. Although he had lost touch with most of his NCSA classmates, we never forgot him for a moment. He represented for us all that is good about the music profession: he was clever, creative, colorful, and wise. Those qualities didn't create a saint, but a lovable force in our lives. We will miss him so much, but we are consoled by the one last chance to see him in January. Thank God his music lives on! Bless you all. Ransom

Michael McGowan

Sunday, June 3rd, 2007 3:47 PM CDT

I wouldn't be where I am today if not for all the inspiration that I found through you, Keith. You will be missed, and though it has been years since I graced the halls of MSU, I can still hear your voice ever so clear... Thanks for everything.

Deni Begole Kukowski

Saturday, June 2nd, 2007 8:18 AM CDT

When I was a little girl, my family started attending a church in Hazleton, where I first met Keith and Christa.

These people touched my life in more ways than I can say here, they were instrumental in bringing me to the Lord.

They took me under their wings, and I have never forgotten the kindness and love they gave to me. My best memory is when they took me to the Philadelphia zoo along with their own children, who were just babies.

I am saddened that Keith is gone, yet I rejoice that he is now Home.

My prayers are with the family, may God bless them and keep them.

Your sister in Christ,


Tiffany Lastrape

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007 10:02 PM CDT

To the Gates family, I would like to extend heartfelt sympathy to a great man. I never had him as a teacher at MSU, but I have seen and spoken to him several times around MSU campus. He always seemed to be a man who took great pride in life. When I read the news of his passing, I was a little shaken up, because I had just spoken to someone about him. They said he was doing good, and then all of a sudden God required Keith's assistance in making some beautiful music. Keith is making more beautiful music once again.

Jim Carberry

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007 10:28 AM CDT

Thirty years ago we move into an apartment
just down the street from Keith and Christa until they moved to Louisiana two years later. We were members of the same church and came to know and love them both. Keith was the most
unique and gifted person I ever knew. Keith
understood that the gifts he had were given to
him from God. I appreciate greatly the CD of
hymns Keith recently recorded. Keith understood his need of mercy as is reflected in
his song "Who is a God?" the line "who has mercy
rich and free like our God" and "He is a God who
forgives our iniquities and casts them in the depths of the sea". I will never forget Keith singing and playing "Rock of ages", he sang it
like I had never heard it song before. He was a
warm person who always treated you as if you
were the most important person in the world.
Keith was a reflection of the Savior whom he
loved and trusted. He will be missed!

Jim Carberry

Mary Richardson

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007 9:48 AM CDT

Dear Keith,
I heard your brother read the words "I am the Ressurection and the Life" at the funeral, and in my mind I heard the music from American Requiem. The same thing happened throughout the service. When he read "Deliver us not into the bitterness of eternal death" I heard the whole choir. Thank you for that. Your music adds a deepness to life.

Gwen Moncrief Rakoff

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007 9:43 AM CDT

It's been 17 years since I left McNeese; but I remember those years fondly and Mr. Gates was a fixture around the music department. He was not just our teacher, he was our mentor and our friend and an inspiration to us all. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends--He will be missed.

nicholas kittrell

Monday, May 28th, 2007 3:45 PM CDT

Keith grew up less than a block away from my dad, uncle and grandmother. He and my uncle were closer than him and my father. My grandmother remembered him and his family very well. I met Keith and became aquainted with him a couple of years before we found out how close our families had been. A lot of people hold a lot back when it comes to emotion and passion, but not the Keith I knew. A warm, passionate, caring soul that has truly made a lasting impression on me and surely many others. Thank you. Your friend, Nick


Monday, May 28th, 2007 9:55 AM CDT

I will always remember the LaGrange High School productions....the world is a lonely place without you.

Keith Thomas

Saturday, May 26th, 2007 12:26 PM CDT

Keith Gates was an inspiration to so many of us students, His talents and his personality a shining example as an educator, and a man. My deepest sympathies to the family and all whose lives were touched by his music and his passion.
God Bless,
Keith Thomas

Rhonda DeMary Gass

Saturday, May 26th, 2007 1:17 AM CDT

To the family of Mr. Gates,

My thoughts and prayers are with you. I know that this is a truly sad time for you all, and I know that you can trust in the comfort that Mr. Gates is now in a better place and waiting for the day that he can share all that he is now seeing with you.
Mr. Gates was a truly wonderful man, and an awesome teacher. He wasn't one that simply taught his knowledge, but he imparted the passion that he had for it. Teaching music wasn't just something he was paid to do; it was something that came from every fiber of his being. That is what set him apart from many others, and we can all say that we're truly blessed for having the privilege to study under him. He definitely left a legacy that will go on for quite some time!

Allen Cormier Jr

Friday, May 25th, 2007 9:27 PM CDT

Mr are an amazing teacher...even after your passing i'm learning new and amazing things about who you are and your love for music. I can not thank you enough for teaching me that the 7th of a Dominant 7th chord always resolves down!!!! A Lasting impression on my life. I'm am now just understanding the magnitude of being able to perform your music and performing with you! Mr. Gates please look down on us and give our hearts a song to compose!

Thank You Mr Gates!

Bruce Niles

Friday, May 25th, 2007 5:12 PM CDT

Keith always had a smile for everyone whether he knew you or not. He will be missed by many!

Ray Lavan

Friday, May 25th, 2007 1:24 PM CDT

Mr. Gates was one of the single most brilliant men I have ever had the pleasure of being around. Every time I was in his presence his genius just shone like a light. There was always a regality to Mr. Gates, like he had the demeanor of a knight or a king. I had the honor of playing his music, as well as premiering some, and I will cherish that forever. I always have, and will admire him, and will never forget the lessons he taught me.

Irena M. Morris

Friday, May 25th, 2007 1:08 PM CDT

A great teacher and friend. Mr. Gates always returned a smile and was the first person to learn how to pronounce my name right. I cannot describe how much that meant to me when I came to McNeese leaving my whole family in Croatia. I am grateful to have known this warm individual. I will always remember you Mr. Gates and I will always treasure your spirit in my heart.

Tiffany Jones

Friday, May 25th, 2007 1:06 PM CDT

My first thoughts about Keith Gates go back to my freshman year. He has this presence that could fill an entire room. As a teacher I would love to touch a single student and have them be the next Wynton or Chris Botti. Mr. Gates had the honor of touching every single student he taught. I loved him while he lived and I will continue even now. To all family and friends you are in my prayers.

Mary Condit

Friday, May 25th, 2007 12:20 PM CDT

Rick and I are heartbroken to not be there with Christa and the children at this time. Keith was such an important part of our lives. My boys thought he was so real, able to be frank about his life and his dependence on Christ's mercy. His playing in Church made worship so rich. We will miss him.

Susan Parker-Weaver

Friday, May 25th, 2007 7:37 AM CDT

I feel so blessed to have been touched in my life by one with such a luminous spirit, the heart of a child and the talent of a master. Keith was a true and dear friend to me at a time when I had very little experience with open and unconditional love. Many of the words we spoke so many years ago guide my heart still.

I was privileged to be able to play Aunt Polly in "Tom Sawyer" in the 80's. I will always hold dear the warmth of his smile as I swam in his music.

To Christa, the Children and the Grandchildren:
I know there's nothing I can say to lessen your sorrow in this moment. But as time moves on, I wish you the peace and joy that will surely come from the good memories and love that you get to keep with you always. Keith was such an incredibly gifted artist. But I will always be awed by the fact that even more beautiful than his gift, was his spirit. I'm so grateful he was here.

Alberta Adcock

Thursday, May 24th, 2007 11:57 PM CDT

On behalf of myself and the Agape Group at 317 Pine Street, we would like to extend our deepest sympathy for the family and his closest friends. We love Keith and he will truly be missed.

Thursday, May 24th, 2007 11:47 PM CDT

I am saddened by the news of Keith's passing. The first time I remember hearing about Keith Gates was when he was in the eighth grade at Oak Park Jr. High and I was in the seventh. My great love of music came from my Mother. Over the years anytime she would hear any news about Mr. Gates and his music, she would let me know. She is the one who told me of his passing away. I have great respect for the man and his music. My thoughts and prayers are with you, his beloved family. Our loss is Heavens' gain!!!
Sincerely, Caroline Landry Jung

Lynn Dearden

Thursday, May 24th, 2007 7:12 PM CDT

My words are so inadequate to begin to describe the complexity and depth of Keith or the feelings I have for his family. Keith and Christa in their own gentle way allowed me to witness how faith, family, and forgiveness could be intertwined. Watching them together gave me the feeling that I was witnessing God's love. Such joy is rare. He made it clear to all that Christa was the wind beneath his wings. And those who knew him knew the unconditional love he felt for his children. He received and deserved highest accolades for his contributions to music. I am grateful that Lane and Julie Miller have contributed the time and technology and love of his work to make it available to all those who love him. More importantly, it is now available to many future generations so that his music will live on. When Arthur and I married, he played a portion of Evangeline on the piano during the service. He humbly apologized afterwards and said, "It sounds much better with an orchestra". No, Keith, it was perfect.


Thursday, May 24th, 2007 4:33 PM CDT


My thoughts and prayers are with your family throught this difficult time. Just know that Mr. Gates touched so many people with his beautiful music-including myself. I am so grateful to have studied under such a talented person, and performed several of his works.

Mr. Gates will live on forever through his music.


Lillian Thierry-Simonds
McNeese Graduate '03

Gladys Talbert-Duhon

Thursday, May 24th, 2007 2:45 PM CDT

I loved Keith so much. I knew him as one of my brothers in another fellowship, where he shared his hope and love. He will be deeply missed by me. Thank you for sharing him with me . He has definitely made it where I want to go one day.

Josie Barr / WildHart Boarding Barn

Thursday, May 24th, 2007 1:39 PM CDT

Dear Gates Family,

I am so sorry for your loss. During this difficult time my wish for you is this...that family and friends gathered near you help you to bring out those beautiful memories of Keith.
And during the times you are alone listen close for I believe you will hear the whisper of an angel's wings.
I played some of the music on this site. Keith truly had a gift.
I work for your friends the Miller's. Julie was kind enough to e-mail me the web information.
You are in my thoughts and prayers. I too have lost wonderful people in my life. And every now and then I feel their presence and I know they are guiding me as they always have.
Take comfort in the memories. And really listen for the whisper of angel will hear them.

Anita Fields-Gold and Maurice Gold

Thursday, May 24th, 2007 8:29 AM CDT

I felt blessed to have Keith as a fellow professor at McNeese and somehow felt that the whole university was somehow honored and lifted by his successes in his musical composition. I only got to know Keith, the person, after I joined Temple Sinai and began to sing in the litergy as he played both the organ and piano for our practices and services. I really was carried away by his touches on the keyboard. He played the organ for our wedding, an event I will long remember. But more than these memories, I will remember his smile, openness and loving concern for those around him.
Christa and family, our prayers are with you and remember, that God keeps His promises and we will hear Keith playing for his Holy Family.

Mik and Bubby

Thursday, May 24th, 2007 2:21 AM CDT

Keith, you were a good neighbor to me, those years I lived next door, always enjoyed our chats over the fence, and my son always curious to go see what you were fooling around with out in the yard. My son and I were both saddened to see you ill at the Celtic Fest in October, but were glad to see you all the same.
My deepest sympathies to you Christa, and family.
Peace be with you all.

Keith, sleep easy.

Mik and Bubby


Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007 10:42 PM CDT

Wow, what a a legacy that Keith left behind. He was a great man. My prayers are with the family.

Rosemary Castillo-Sartin

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007 4:57 PM CDT

Even though it's been years since I've seen Keith and Christa, I can vividly remember being in their house copying parts from the score for his wind symphony composition. I loved the quiet way he thought of the next melody and harmony by walking in the garden and around the house. I've learned that this quiet meditation is helpful in not only creativity, but in everyday life. He was a beautiful person. He held you captive with his wit and personality. The Gates home was always a warm refuge from college life. I will miss the warmth and beauty he contributed to our small part of the world. God bless you Christa, Christina, Susanna, Cameron, and Elizabeth. Thank you for letting me be a part of your family. Thank you for sharing Keith with us.


Tommy Juarez

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007 3:41 PM CDT

Here we are in the later part of May and wouldn't you know, it is a chilly 46 degrees with the wind chill of 39 and very rainy, grey here in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Yet it is very appropriate as I sit in my office to how I am feeling in response of Keith's passing yesterday. As I reflect on this incredible human being, I can only smile as I recall so many wonderful memories.

I loved Keith's Music 201 class that usually met on Tuesday and Thursdays from 10:50-12:05. It was very common for Keith to teach roughly 20 minutes then suddenly request that we all close our books and walk with him to McDonalds and Wendy's and have lunch together as a class. How many times do we recall pounding out rhythms on the restaurant tables with one hand, and devouring a hamburger with the other? Remember the time we were asked to leave Wendy's because of the disturbance we were causing?

I can recall in 1989 when Rory Partin encouraged me to audition for Keith?s opera Tom Sawyer. At first, I hesitated, but after much prodding from Rory, I decided to give it a try. If anything, they would stick me as part of the chorus. Well, as it turned out, I ended up with the part of Benjamin Rogers. Keith really liked the potential of my voice and ended up editing Benjamin's solo that allowed me to be more expressive. The entire time we were in production, rehearsals and performances with Tom Sawyer was one of the greatest hallmark moments of my life. I remember Keith approaching me a few days after the show shut down and with a slight tear in his eyes, thanking me for being a part of his opera. I was speechless. It should have been me thanking him for the life-changing experience.

Performing in Keith's opera and several of his Wind band pieces, such as Icarus and Daedalus, have always made me feel proud and honored. Now that he is no longer with us, I am forever grateful that God allowed Keith to be a part of my life and for me to a part of his. My prayers are with Keith's family. He will deeply be missed by the multiple students, colleagues, family and friends he has touched through his humanity and music.


Tommy Juarez,
Colorado Springs, CO

Tina & Dave & Laura Walton

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007 3:14 PM CDT

To the Gates Family: We are deeply saddened by this news across the miles. I know we did not keep in direct touch, but we have always thought of and wondered about the many friends we were so fortunate to meet and work with. Dave and I are so thankful for the music Keith wrote for us; it meant a lot us the two of us. Dave always kept a quiet spot in his heart for Keith and I know he, as well as I, will remember his honesty, musicianship, and caring demeanor. We send our prayers and hugs, Christa.
D/T/L Walton

Robert Marcantel

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007 2:20 PM CDT

I am so saddened to hear of Keith's passing. But I also rejoice that he is now in a place where there is no pain or suffering. These things will not win. They will not be the last word. They will not be our final destiny. All of his bright light is seemingly gone from the world, yet he lives on in the wonderful wealth of music that he left behind and the lives of all those whom he touched.

We tend to think of death as final, the end. One of my favorite quotes states: "The pilgrimage of faith is not a journey in a straight line, with death waiting at the end, but a kind of spiral through which progress is made only in successively deeper experiences of death and rebirth". (Mark Searle) I have no doubt that the "death and resurrection" experiences Keith had during his time on earth made him spiritually ready for his transition into eternal life, for that is what death is -- merely a transition.

Personally, I don't believe that heaven is someplace far away. I believe it is very near. Therefore, Keith will continue to make his presence known to those who love him -- a gentle breeze, a scent, a dream, etc. This will be his way of letting his loved ones know that he is still around, watching and waiting until the day when we will all be reunited again.

Some people may think that it will be hard to say goodbye. Don't think of it as "Goodbye" - think of it as "To be continued".

I will always treasure having known Keith - his gentle spirit and wonderful smile. I will surely miss him, but the memory of his smile and the moments we spent together will sustain me. When I hear his music, I will always gratefully remember that I am much better for having known him and will treasure his memory always until the day when I see him again.

May God sustain you in the days ahead.

Love and prayers,


Janie Brister & Family

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007 1:59 PM CDT

To the Gates Family :
I just heard the news about Mr Gates, & I ammmm soooo sorryyyy, as he seemed to be such a good man, & loved by everyone. He will surely be missed, I know.
I will keep U all in My Prayers, & I pray that the Lord will keep his Hands upon ya & His Angels Encamped about ya as time goes by!
Janie Brister & Family

David Hays

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007 1:58 PM CDT

For I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: and though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.

Job 19:25-27

Charles Roberts

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007 12:11 PM CDT

I am sorry to hear of this loss. I worked at McNeese from 1982-1990 as head of the Communication and Theatre Department and had the chance to work with Keith on numerous occasions. He will be missed.


Jasmine Baker

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007 11:36 AM CDT

Sorry, we had so many performances last semester that I mixed up the dates. "The American Requiem" was performed in March. Sorry about that.

Jasmine Baker

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007 11:23 AM CDT

I am very sorry for your loss. We must think of it as a Homecoming Celebration, though. Mr. Gates was a great influence on me. When I first walked into his music theory class in Fall 2003, I could feel how passionate he was about music. I had the honor of singing "The American Requiem" last month and also to take a picture with Mr. Gates and some of my collegues. Mr. Gates will truly be missed. I, along with the Beta Chi chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity will definitely keep the Gates family in our prayers. God bless you all, Jasmine.

gulum hazer

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007 11:14 AM CDT

To the Gates family, i am so sorry to hear about Mr. Keith. He was such a good and talented man. i was lucky to have known him. May he rest in peace, and i will keep you in my prayers.

Stacy Bearden

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007 10:02 AM CDT

My family sends our love to the Gates family. We are so sorry for your loss, and we are praying for you all. I have fond memories of Keith from McNeese where he taught me a few courses in the early '90's. He is one of the most talented men I have ever met, and I look forward to seeing what he's up to in heaven. God bless all of you. In Christ, Stacy.

Chester Simon

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007 9:41 AM CDT

So long, my friend. Good bye, my brother. Someday we will speak again as we did in life, honestly and face to face. "Next year in Jerusalem". Praise Jesus.

Milton Dale Peacock

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007 8:45 AM CDT

My Pastor once told the tale of the Christian being led into the Roman arena to face his death. A Roman soldier sneered at the physical weakness of Christians. The man replied, "Perhaps, but we die well." And so did Keith Gates who has now received the most blessed of benedictions from his LORD and Savior: "Well done, good and faithful servant." It is our prayer that Keith's wonderful heritage will live on through his 4 children and his music. We love you, Christa.

Julie Miller

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007 7:44 AM CDT

Dear Christa, Christina, Susanna, Cameron, Elizabeth, Craig, Freja and Natalie,

I am very sorry about your terrible loss. My heart is breaking for you. I am reaching out to you in sorrow and in love, as are countless others all over the world. May you find comfort, grace, and strength for the coming days.

Tom Munger

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007 6:28 AM CDT

I enjoyed singing, working, laughing, and playing with Keith for over forty years. We met in the Lake Charles Little Theatre production of "Once Upon a Mattress" in 1964 and continued our friendship through music and theatre since then. It was a rare week when his compositions did not touch me--we often used his works at Good Shepherd and, of course, his music was everywhere in Southwesst Louisiana. He blessed us all with his music, his charm, and his friendship. May God bless his soul and his family, now and forevermore.

John Goss

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007 12:21 AM CDT

From a fellow Louisiana composer:

Earth's loss is heaven's gain.
Keith is a member of that great cloud of witnesses who have gone before us.
Our Father's peace to the Gates family.

Christina Yvonne Gates

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007 12:14 AM CDT

For my Father's Passing

On this day, let the sun cover in clouds.
Let the blue sky hide in gray.
Give me no more of the fierce sun,
Fierce in its gaiety, unforgiving
And brilliant.

On this day, let the sea gulls scream
Nothing. Let their throats be clogged
With salt and with Gulf wind.
Let their soaring be crippled,
And let them fall.

Fall strong stemmed flowers.
Fall all you day lilies. Lay down
Your rippled leaves, your soft
Colored tendrils. Stay there
On the black ground
And do not rise.

Forget, all you that have breath
How to breathe.

All you jumping fish,
Stay chained beneath the surface.
You crashing waves,
Stand still,
And do not mock this hour.

Christina Gates

Michael "Migle" Bennett

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007 10:53 PM CDT

May there be peace to the man that meant so much more to us than he ever got to find out.


Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007 10:43 PM CDT

I have trouble putting into words the emotion of losing my dear brother Keith today. I KNOW he is looking into the face of our Lord Jesus Christ as I put this down and am positive he wants to be nowhere else, but I will miss him terribly. I will miss his great meals, his insane chocolate and peanut butter concoctions, his love of movies & shopping and God's creation, his devotion to his family and desire to help others, his open door to all. I am thankful the pain is gone, and he is experiencing a joy that we can't even imagine. But, I will miss him. Oh... I will miss him! See you soon brother, Lauren.

the Pepper family

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007 10:41 PM CDT

Rest in Peace.

Kerri, Jerry, Margaux & Miranda Pepper and Leona Avner

Chris Harvan

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007 9:54 PM CDT

May the God of all comfort uphold you as only He can. "Whoever believes in Me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in Me shall never die." - John 11:25, 26.
I'm grateful for you and Keith's friendship and fellowship over 30 years ago, and your bringing me to enjoy Baroque :-).

Michael Chadwick

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007 9:16 PM CDT

I was deeply saddened to hear of Keith's passing. Most likely unknown to him, his opera "Tom Sawyer" was the very first opera I was ever exposed to. Cast as Judge Thatcher in my Freshman year at McNeese State, I suddenly found myself in a performance medium that would captivate me and send me into opera as a career. I am now a professional stage director working with opera houses all over the United States. I have performed in more than 40 operas over the past fifteen years or so, and it all started with Keith's work. I still get flashes of lines I sang at times, they were so ingrained into my heart and mind! My most heartfelt prayers go out to his family and friends.

Jordan Perry

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007 8:17 PM CDT

Mr. Gates had a profound influence on the begining of my musical career, always encouraging me to do better. I must say that he will be missed by his students and my prayers and thoughts are with the entire Gates family. I am blessed to have had him as a teacher. He will live on in his music forever. Thank you Mr. Gates for your knowledge and love of music.

Jill Olson

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007 7:14 PM CDT

To the Family of Keith Gates,
You are in my thoughts and prayers. I have many fond memories of Mr. Gates from my time at McNeese. I always thought of him as a great teacher as well as a friend. He was very gifted and will be missed. I'm thankful that he was part of my musical journey.
Jill Hagen Olson

Robert Dimmick

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007 7:10 PM CDT

I can only express myself by quoting a passage from Isak Dinesen's "Babette's Feast:"

For a while she could not speak. Then she whispered:

"Yet this is not the end! I feel, Babette, that this is not the end. In Paradise you will be the great artist that God meant you to be! Ah!" she added, the tears streaming down her cheeks. "Ah, how you will enchant the angels!"

Morgan Andry'

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007 6:12 PM CDT

Mrs. Christa, Christina, Susie, Cameron, and Lizzie, you are all in my prayers. I never knew a day when I didn't know Mr. Keith, he will be so very sorely missed. I love you all.

Linda Bonner

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007 5:33 PM CDT

Dear Family,

My heart and prayers go out to you at this time. Please know that Mr. Gates was one of the greatest inspiration to my musical life. I still have a poster of EVANGELINE on my bedroom wall and the lp's he gave me when the library went to cd's.

Be blessed and know that Mr. Gates is in the loving hands of his greatest fan. I can't wait to see him singing in heaven.

Donna Lang

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007 5:24 PM CDT

Dear Christa & kids~
My heart is with you. Larry called me from New York where he is on tour with his concert band to tell me, with such a heavy heart, that Keith had left us. We have been so very blessed in knowing you and Keith. While it is such a great comfort to know he is now with our Lord, free from the pain he endured, we are left to miss him so. Christa, Keith was so blessed to have you to care for him. I pray that the comfort only God can bring will wrap around you and give you rest and strength. Sending all our love, Donna & Larry Lang

Cheryl Ware

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007 3:31 PM CDT

Christa and family --
We were blessed with Keith's spirit and his music. Though we will miss him, he is with us in both.

Thinking of you all,

Paul Wren

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007 3:22 PM CDT

Today, the world lost a wonderful teacher, musician and friend. God has his son by his side and Keith is no longer in pain. I shed a tear, but rejoice in the wonderful music that he gave us and so glad that I got to be but a very small part of making that music.

Kenneth Crain

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007 3:21 PM CDT

Mr. Gates, I can still hear you playing the opening bars of your Symphony #2 on the piano in composition class. I remember you standing up and clapping for me at recital hour, giving me a standing ovation when my one of my compositions were performed by the clarinet choir. So many memories I have and so much knowledge that I have to pass on to the next generation thanks to you. Now you are with God. How lucky you are to now play music with Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, and Samuel Barber in heaven for our God. I love and miss you.

Jim & Christine Carberry

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007 3:12 PM CDT

Dear Christa,
We have been praying for you and will continue to pray for you through this difficult time.
We love you,
Jim & Christine

Tina Wing & Joe Ecker

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007 2:49 PM CDT

From Tina Wing & Joe Ecker: Mr. Gates, We'd like to say thank you for the musical training you gave us. You are loved greatly. God Bless You, Tina & Joe.

May Gray

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007 2:43 PM CDT

Evangeline brought me such joy!
Much love to you & Christa,

Amber Powell

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007 12:31 PM CDT

Dear Mrs. Christa & family,

I am thinking of you & praying for you during this most difficult time. May God give you strength & comfort.


Phyllis Brode

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007 11:57 AM CDT

Dear Keith:

I have just recently come to know about your Christian journey through mutual friends, Dale and Jackie Peacock. I have heard such wonderful comments about your gift(s) as a musician and have visited a web-site to purchase a CD of your music in order to appreciate what others have appreciated for a long time. I pray that God will continue to lead you during this difficult time - a time that we ALL must prepare and be prepared for. My husband and I are sorry we did not know you personally but feel a kinship through our shared Christian heritage and as we anticipate listening to the music God has created through your talent.

May God bless you and your dear family as you enter the final stages of your Christian journey here on earth.

In Christ,
Phyllis Brode

Beth Moody

Monday, May 21st, 2007 10:52 PM CDT

Dear Brother Keith,

My heart and mind are filled with thoughts of you...of memories of when you first entered our family and how, as a young girl, I feared you were taking my big sister away from me when you married her. But how soon I came to love this new brother of mine and take pride in his many accomplishments. How dear he and his children and his grandchildren have been to me.

You've been special to so many people for so long Keith, but you are special to me for different reasons. I too love your music and am proud of you, but I love you especially for being a part of our family. For embracing us all as your own, flaws and all. We love you dear Keith. I love you dear brother.

"The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace."

With Much Love and Many Prayers,


Sam Rotman

Monday, May 21st, 2007 10:49 PM CDT

My dear brother in Christ,

Thirty -six years ago today I came to know Christ for salvation and YOU were the instrument that God used to bring me to the foot of the cross.

Thank you for not giving up on me and for caring enough for me even when I didn't want to have anything to do with you or the Lord.

Today as I prayed I thanked the Lord Jesus Christ for my salvation and I thanked the Lord for YOU, Brother, by name, at the throne of grace that He will give you grace and mercy in this time of need.

Your victory in Jesus Christ is upon you.

Love in Christ,

Robert Dimmick

Monday, May 21st, 2007 2:07 PM CDT

Dear Keith and Christa, Christina, Susannah, Cameron, and Elizabeth,

You are all in my heart and my thoughts today.




Monday, May 21st, 2007 10:34 AM CDT

Thank you for your wonderful music and your friendship. Thank you for the ways you used the great gift that God gave you to praise Him and minister to many (me included). You and Christa are so special in my life and Andreea's and we pray for peace and strength for both of you and your children at this time. May the Lord keep you and bless you.

Amber Powell

Monday, May 21st, 2007 10:00 AM CDT

Mr. Keith & Mrs. Christa,

Hi. I just wanted to let you know that my family is praying for both of you and for your entire family for peace, comfort, & understanding. We cannot imagine how trying this has been for all of you, but we can only trust that God is in control & that His will is going to be done! What peace you must have knowing that you will spend eternity w/ our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ!! There is truly no God like our God!

I am so thankful for the opportunites afforded me to sit under your teaching & to know your family. You are truly blessed & have blessed so many people. Praise God for you & for those whose lives have been touched by you! This is not the end, simply the beginning of forever! We will meet again someday, on the other side. I can see you playing your music & composing music for the angels to sing & play for our Lord. That excites me! If we mourn, we mourn merely for our own selfish desires. I choose to celebrate with you your homecoming...the day we Christians all look forward to, the day we meet our Creator. And should God choose to heal you, then may He receive all the glory! There is nothing too big for our God!!

May God's peace surround you & your family right now. May you be comforted in His love & know that His love endures forever! God bless you!


Amber Powell & family

Lisa Renee' Jones

Sunday, May 20th, 2007 10:29 PM CDT

I am praying for you Mr. Keith! May God keep you and be your comfort during this time.Remember that with Christ all things are possible and miracles do still happen. Our Lord is faithful and knows what He is doing. We must take heart and put our faith and trust in Him. Lots of Love and God Bless You and Mrs. Christa, Lisa

Dawn, Joab, Elena and Elissa

Sunday, May 20th, 2007 8:17 PM CDT

We are all sending much love and prayer!

Aaron & Brooke Soileau

Sunday, May 20th, 2007 7:19 PM CDT

Mr. Keith and Mrs. Christa,

You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Aaron & Brooke & Family

Kate Rick and Natalie

Sunday, May 20th, 2007 5:15 PM CDT

Dearest Keith,

You have created timeless, joyful and beautiful everlasting music. God is smiling on you.
T h a n k y o u for this Gift.

We have had your picture playing piano with Natalie right by her bed for the last two years.

We love to remember that special evening in Kentucky when you wowed us with your enormous talent.

Love and Inner Peace be yours always.
Kate & Family

Wayne Hedrick

Sunday, May 20th, 2007 5:08 PM CDT


Greetings from Virginia!I know Keith through his contributions to music for the flute. His Sonatina and his Concertino are true masterpieces. The Sonatina is on par with the Poulenc Sonata and grows in popularity. The Concertino is arguably the finest composition for flute and wind ensemble in the literature.

Looking through this website, I can see that his contributions to flute are only the "tip of the iceberg." What a true master!!!

Keith, you're in our prayers, everyday.


Brad and Summer Comeaux

Sunday, May 20th, 2007 3:52 PM CDT

Keith and Christa-

Our prayers are with you during this time...God's grace and peace IS with you! Remember the words of our precious Lord in 2 Corinthians 12:9...But Jesus said, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Paul then says, "therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me....For when I am weak, then I am strong."

Praying for you and remembering our great times together....

With Love,

Brad and Summer Comeaux

Susan and David Dobbins

Saturday, May 19th, 2007 4:02 PM CDT

Keith, your music and your family have enriched our lives for over twenty years -- since we met at Bethel. Your prayers always seemed to reach Our Lord's throne with laser speed and accuracy yet with the beauty of the rose. We love you and miss you in our prayer group. Our prayers for you and Christa are offered daily as you serve the Lord in this most difficult challenge He has ever given you.
With love,
David and Susan Dobbins

Bryan Glenn

Monday, May 14th, 2007 11:51 PM CDT

Thank you for setting up this website. It was such a treat to hear my mother ("The Mother") once again open Scene 2 of The Hollow!

Chester Simon

Sunday, May 13th, 2007 3:38 PM CDT

Sometimes God gets really different people together for no apparent reason. Such it is with Keith Gates and me. We do have a common saviour in our Lord Jesus Christ and I thank God for knowing you, brother Keith. I will always remember you with great fondness and I will see you again in heaven. You are a blessing to me and I want to tell you in writing that I love you. Please forgive my bad grammar, as you once pointed out to me that I am much too fond of "dangling participles", whatever they are. In heaven everyone will have good grammar. Or maybe not. Let the theologians argue that.

Bob Jordahl

Sunday, May 13th, 2007 7:41 AM CDT

So sorry to hear of your health problems.

Matt and Alicia Conliffe

Sunday, May 13th, 2007 7:40 AM CDT

It has been such a joy getting to know you better through your music. We have thoroughly enjoyed your website.
The image of you playing the piano in the hotel sitting room during my sister's wedding weekend, the family around you, and everyone singing, is a beautiful image that will warm my heart all my life.
You are in our prayers.

Love, Matt & Alicia

Harvest Corey Simon

Friday, May 11th, 2007 10:35 AM CDT

Mr. Gates, it was so nice to see you the other day. I pray that life be allright for you, as long as you remain on this cursed sphere. Afterwards: Jesus' Elysium without end. . . .

Kenneth Crain

Thursday, May 10th, 2007 9:11 AM CDT

Mr. Gates,
Thank you so much for the Symphony #1 CD. I really enjoyed listening to it. I feel inspired to compose now that the school semester is over. I pray for your recovery. I will talk to you soon.


Beverly Harlan Jones

Monday, May 7th, 2007 8:56 PM CDT

The memories are flooding in faster than I can separate them one from another- copying parts of the wind symphony in your and Krista's living room, playing and listening to your gorgeous, transcendental music, inspirational theory classes, music library. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. You have made a difference in my life, not just through your awesome music, but your family always made me feel comfortable and like I mattered. You wrote a song about God's Hand that was sung at recital hour many, many years ago. Even though I can't remember the melody, the exact words or even who sang it, the deep emotion that welled up in me that day stays with me in tough times and in awesome times. Thank you.
God Bless,
Love and peace

Jesse S. Carberry

Sunday, May 6th, 2007 10:12 PM CDT

Dear Keith,
I remember when you used to come to GFC and how you used to play 'Who is a God.'
That song has stuck with me over the past 13 yrs. of active addiction and i thank you for that.
For a long time I struggled with the God concept. And its only recently that i finally realized that i cant do this on my own. In the words of your song " Who has mercy, rich and free. He is a God who forgives our iniquities, and casts them to the depths of the sea." Through these words i have been able to realize that no matter what i have done and how hopeless I feel that my situation is that i would not be here at 25 yrs old, a type 1 diabetic who has used every drug i have come across except heroin without that God. That for me gives me the courage to face a new day, for i know now that there is a God in my life and that i was the one who was lost and not him.

I will always remember you as the man in the church basement on that old upright piano, and the look of joy as you played that swept over the whole congregation each time you visited. No matter to me what you've done in your active addiction you will always be that person in my heart.

(Jim and Christine Carberrys' son)

Alice E. Stackhouse, NCTM

Thursday, May 3rd, 2007 8:23 PM CDT

Marvelous. My prayers for your comfort and recovery.

Bill Manning

Thursday, May 3rd, 2007 4:08 PM CDT

Keith and Krista:

Dave Hays has graciously let me know about your recent trials. Just want you to know that you are in my prayers.

God love you!


Sarah Jones

Thursday, May 3rd, 2007 9:55 AM CDT

I am praying for you. You have been such an influence and inspiration to me as a musician and as a friend. I am so thankful to God for you!

Love in Christ,

Chris Criglow

Sunday, April 29th, 2007 12:01 AM CDT


Greetings from Portland, Oregon. It's been since 1995 or so since I've seen you, but I've kept up with you since then, just hearing things here and there. Recently, my younger brother (by 9 years) attended a performance of your music in Lake Charles. He said it was beautiful, then asked me if I knew you. It brought back a ton of memories I hadn't thought of in years. As you may know, I ended up taking a career path outside of music. But, I still play and write, and you were a huge influence on how I think about music and life. Thank you for that. Anyway, hello, it's been too long, and you will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Chris Criglow

Geoffrey Torres

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007 10:29 PM CDT


Took me way too long to visit your site. Wonderful to hear some of your great, beautiful music again. (I played on some of those tracks at the wind symphony with, I'm old.) And I got a lotta good memories of playin' the sax sonatina...gorgeous!!!

If you haven't heard, Larry Lang is coming to the Air Force Academy Band, where I am now. I'll muscle him into some "Gates" show-stoppers. Maybe you can come play with us or even just visit.

Rumor has it you're battling. In our prayers daily. Fill me in if you can. Your music has had a profound influence on the music I make every day. (Doesn't touch my soul unless it sounds like something you would have written.) Will never forget playing a "jazz" gig at the Country Club with you. You had more fun than the people eating over-priced food. Get in touch. Visit to get my number.

Love ya always....Godspeed,

Sharon Moss LaRocco

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007 10:11 PM CDT

Keith-you probably do not remember me but I was at NCSA 68-73,piano, for high school and then college. I knew then that you were very special and multi talented. After reading about the Jan 07 tribute concert in my Alum magazine that arrived today, I am disappointed that I had no knowledge of this event. I certainly would have been there. I knew nearly all the names mentioned in the writeup from those early days. I was especially close to Bruce Moss-we had the same last name!-and shared many piano experiences, including 8 weeks in Sienna for the summer program. I am saddened that you are dealing with such a formidable enemy but impressed by your drive to continue composing. I'm on music faculty at Elon University the past 18 yrs, only an hour from Winston. Our orchestra performed one of your pieces a couple of yrs ago and on the same program was a piece by Robert Ward! I was thrilled and so proud of NCSA. You may now add me to those who will be praying for you and sending warm wishes.

Boriana Buckles

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007 9:30 AM CDT

Dear Keith,
Please accept my best wishes and know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. I enjoyed learning your American requiem with MSU Chamber Singers - what a wonderful work!

Boriana Buckles

Jason Liles

Monday, April 23rd, 2007 1:10 PM CDT

Mr. gates has always been a great inspiration to me. I can still remeber the one on one classes we had at MSU and the incouraging words he always had to say about my compositions. He is truly a great artist and performer. Thank you Mr. Gates for your wonderful contributions to music and music students. With Great Respect, Jason Liles.

ellie lemoine

Sunday, April 22nd, 2007 3:22 PM CDT

Just want you to know that I pray for you each day. Blessings to you and yours.

Darryl Jones

Friday, April 20th, 2007 10:09 AM CDT

I just want to say that you have been in my thoughts for the last couple of days. I continue to keep you in my prayers and send you my most positive thoughts. I still continue to hear wonderful comments about the American Requiem. Take care.

Irene Vandever

Friday, April 20th, 2007 8:34 AM CDT

This latest addition in the music "destination" is simply inspiring! The performance is flawless and uplifting, the composition -- delightful. Thank you for another piece of magic, Keith Gates!

Sarah Earley

Thursday, April 19th, 2007 6:12 PM CDT

What a beautiful spirit you have!!! I am a big fan of American Idol and it occurs to me that YOU, KEITH GATES, also are a true American Idol!! Hope you are having good days!!!

Lisa Jones

Thursday, April 19th, 2007 3:20 PM CDT

I'm still praying for you Mr. Keith! God bless you and your family:-) Love, Lisa

Patricia Cavell Bulber

Tuesday, April 17th, 2007 12:05 PM CDT

Congratulations, Keith on such productivity! My love and prayers remain with you! May God in His loving kindness bless you and keep you in His care! We love you, Keith!

arturo ciompi

Tuesday, April 17th, 2007 9:30 AM CDT

Dear Keith,
I feel certain that I speak for all of your dozens of close friends from our North Carolina School of the Arts days in the '60's--there are few words to express how deeply we care about you and how terribly difficult it is to express the warmth, caring and sorrow we feel as you struggle with your illness. We love you, salute you and hope that you know how intrinsically important you've been in the framework of our lives.


Tommy Juarez

Tuesday, April 17th, 2007 8:02 AM CDT

You and your music have always been an inspiration in my life. I am so honored to have been in your classes. I fondly have memories of performing in Tom Sawyer and talk about those times each semester I teach music appreciation to my students! Thank you so much for investing in my life and the lives of countless students, colleagues and friends through the years! You and your family are in my prayers...

Tommy Juarez,
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Johnnie Bankens

Monday, April 16th, 2007 10:38 PM CDT

I absolutely love "The Portraits from Macbeth." Such wonderful settings of the texts!!!

May Gray

Monday, April 16th, 2007 9:30 PM CDT

Praying for you, Keith!
May Gray

Robert Dimmick

Monday, April 16th, 2007 6:23 PM CDT

I'm getting goose bumps as I write this listening to "The Hollow," my favorite of your operas. So beautifully realized from Hawthorne's story, which really doesn't give all the detail that you and Susan Kelso were able to bring to the stage. It's a great achievement!

You and Christa and your family are in my thoughts by day and my prayers by night.

Elaine Glenn

Monday, April 16th, 2007 1:55 PM CDT

Keith, who'd a thunk it?! Seeing you made the morning special. And hey, I thought you could have looked at least a LITTLE puney! Please know you and your family are in my prayers. Elaine

Sarah Earley

Monday, April 16th, 2007 10:20 AM CDT

I am thoroughly enjoying listening to your good works here in Oklahoma!!! (Ever heard of it???) I am Julie Miller's sister and they have spoken so highly of you for years and now I'm pleased to be experiencing the gifts you possess. You have certainly made the most of the gift of your life and I'm looking forward to hearing more and more from you in the future. My thoughts and prayers are with you in these difficult days.

Christine Beard

Saturday, April 14th, 2007 11:11 PM CDT

I'm so glad to see you've got a website now!


Friday, April 13th, 2007 3:53 PM CDT

I am a member of the Walnut Creek Concert Band and had the pleasure of working with you when we commissioned Concert Overture (which I thoroughly enjoyed). We also performed Icarus and Daedalus Fantasy at the same concert. I still have the program from that concert as well as a page of manuscript from Concert Overture (which you signed and I framed). I have many fond memories of that time as well as a CD of the concert for future enjoyment. I just wanted to thank you for all your hard work and say that I hope to be able to play more of your music in the future.

Lauren Foster

Thursday, April 12th, 2007 11:55 AM CDT

My Dearest Keith, First let me say how much I love you and how much I have always admired you. God has blessed you bountifully with talent immeasurable and given you the desire and drive to share it. What a wonderful website you have created. Thank you so much for allowing us to enjoy your music at the touch of a button, once again giving to others. I know life is very difficult right now, know that many are praying for your comfort and that God's grace is abundant and his love everlasting. His Love is True Love,Sweet Keith.

Paul G. Brown

Wednesday, April 11th, 2007 7:18 AM CDT

Dear Keith and Family,
It's great to learn about all your many compositions. I never realized how incredibly busy you have been! Your works have touched so many people and will continue to touch people in so many different ways. We are all very proud of your accomplishments that will continue to live on, as well as the wonderful memories of the great person that you are. Please be assured that our thoughts are with you. Best of luck with the piano concerto and wind ensemble piece. Our concert in January was one of the highlights of my life! All the best to you and your family, Paul and Susan

David Hays

Monday, April 9th, 2007 5:05 PM CDT

Thank you Lane for the website work. Thank you Keith and Christa for your friendship and fellowship. I regret that I haven't been back to visit in so long. BB sent a CD you recorded of hymns played on piano. I cherish it and think of and pray for all of you often. Please continue to do the same for us. Let me know, if you're well enough to have visitors, when a good time would be, and how best to contact you.

Lisa Tauzin

Sunday, April 8th, 2007 7:10 PM CDT

Just wanted to express my admiration for you, your wonderful music, and the very brave way in which you have handled your health struggle. You obviously have been such an inspiration to so many. I had very big shoes to fill when I substituted for you at MSU a couple of years ago. You and your family are in my prayers.

Lisa Tauzin

Charles L. Roberts

Sunday, April 8th, 2007 3:38 PM CDT


I just wanted to say Happy Easter to you & yours! Hope all is well for now ... Thinking of you along with others ... God Bless!


Kevin Guidry

Friday, April 6th, 2007 6:43 PM CDT

Hey Mr. Gates: I truly enjoy your web page. It is a great thing to sit back and see all of your accomplishments. Your works and your teachings have been an inspiration to me. I miss being seated in your theory classes and hearing your stories and teachings. I am doing well here in Lake Charles, teaching at Sam Houston High School and trying to keep my head above water. I am also working with the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps out in California. It is a dream to be working with such great musicians and teachers. I would not be where I am today with out your guidance and teachings. Thank you very much. May God Bless you Always!

Kevin Guidry


Steve Dankner

Wednesday, April 4th, 2007 10:31 PM CDT

Dear Keith: I miss not being close by. Laura and I are in Massachusetts now, having left after Katrina. We have so much in common musically, as you know.

I'll be in touch.

Tina Wing

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007 1:48 AM CDT

Mr. Gates, I wanted to drop a note to say hello. Your webpage is wonderful! Your music has always been an inspiration to me. It was an honor to be your student back in the day. I am still teaching guitar and performing some as well. Thank you for the knowledge & great impact that you brought to my life. Blessings, Tina

Paul von Marko

Monday, April 2nd, 2007 11:01 AM CDT

Dear Keith,
An old family friend of ours, Dawn Pangrazzi from the Hazleton, PA area made me aware of your webpage. We used to live in Nuremberg, PA from 1971 to 1986. Dawn told me, "I am sorry to say Keith has inoperable pancreatic cancer". I myself , now have lung cancer for approx. 1 1/2 years. About 4 Months ago, a friend of my son Stephen, who was a small child when we moved to Nuremberg, now living in New Mexico, send me the address, (he got from someone out there, whom he told, that his father is dyeing of lung cacer) of an old farmer in Illinois, who makes a powder from "Dandelion roots" that builds up the immune system, which halps cure cancer. I contacted the farmer, got the powder, started taking it 3 Months ago. I now feel much better and looking forward for this incurable cancer "Mucinous Bronchioloalvelar Carcinoma" to be gone. My last tests indicated that it is no longer growing. I would suggest that you contact the farmer Mr. George Cairns - 708 Hughes Rd. Woodstock, IL 60098, Phone 815-338-1626. In thankfulness and faith in God for his own cure of cancer, over 10 years ago, He has planted 1/2 Acres with Dandelions, harvests, prepares, packs and distributes them for free, to anyone who wants to try them, the only thing he asks is a very small donation to cover his postage, his packing material and a few Dollars for his labor. $10 for a 6 weeks supply pack is what I give him. The last time, because I feel so good, I sent him an extra $10, which he sent back to me. The man is srupulously honest and of great faith. I do not want to influence you in any way, I just wanted to tell you my case. I wish you the best of health and cuntinued success in your admireable profession.
Sincerely yours,
Paul Sukop von Marko

Susan Milan

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007 11:12 AM CDT

Hello Keith, It was good to talk to you while I was in USA. The concerto you wrote for me is magnificent and I wish so much that I could perform it again for you. I still remember the thrill of that beautiful slow movement-and the challenging virtuosity of the fast movements! A gift like yours is truly rare and it is wonderful that as musicians we can experience and share your inspiration. If thoughts travel like sound waves, you will hear that mine are often with you. Kind regards, Susan

Tim McMillen

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007 8:06 PM CDT

Great site! The striking thing about your music is that I can remember every emotion I felt during the recordings and performances that I was involved in at McNeese and the Air Force Band. Much love from the McMillens!!

Sarah Rotman

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007 3:35 PM CDT

My father also passed this link onto me. The website is great! I enjoyed looking through it and seeing all of your compositions. I know that my father was so grateful to have the chance to visit you a few months ago. You and your family are an important part of our lives. God Bless. Sarah Rotman

Anna Rotman

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007 10:10 AM CDT

What a great website! My father, Sam Rotman, passed the site along to me. Keith, I know you have been a pivotal person in my father's life and that my whole family is so grateful for the role you played in his life. My prayers are with you and your family. Warmly, Anna Rotman

Alli Partin

Monday, March 26th, 2007 9:27 PM CDT

The website looks so good! I wish I could've been in Lake Charles for the Requiem, I always wanted to sing it, but I feel blessed that I got to play in the premiere back in 2003. Mr. Gates, you and your family have been and will continue to be in my prayers. I have nothing but fond memories of your classes @ McNeese. Hope to see you soon!

Sam and Deborah Rotman

Monday, March 26th, 2007 5:39 PM CDT

Dear Keith and Christa,

What a great website! Your friend Lance did a great job in presenting your material. The website truly befits the quality of your wonderful music.

We enjoyed listening to several selections of your music. One evening we will treat ourselves to a concert of great music by Keith Gates by clicking on various selections of your compositions.
Thank you so much for the CD of your hymn arrangements. We have been listening to it each day. Many are the hymns of our first days in Christ and mean so much to us.
You should be so encouraged by the all expression of support and love in having your Tribute Concert in North Carolina, the restoration of your piano, the commissions you have received, and this wonderful website.
We love you dearly and you are in our prayers.

Lisa Jones

Monday, March 26th, 2007 4:13 PM CDT

Hi Mr. Keith,
It was a pleasure to meet you and your wife last night at the Millers' bible study. I am amazed by your testimony and am very thankful for what God has done in your life. Your talents for music, especially Opera music, inspires me to be better at it (which I will begin to do as soon as I graduate from highschool). I thank you for telling me about this website, I will try to stay in touch with you as much as possible. I will also be working on listening to all of your works (for I know that I will absolutely love them). You are always in my prayers. May God bless you and your family- Love, Lisa

P.S. Your website is amazing!


Thursday, March 22nd, 2007 7:21 PM CDT


Adley Cormier

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007 10:47 AM CDT

Lo and behold, talent online and talent in person! It has always been a pleasure and an honor to work with Keith (and Christa, as well) on LCLT and MSU projects--I think the highlight was the operat Evangeline as presented in the heart of Acadiana at Lafayette's Heyman Center. The music was so moving that at intermission, men were weeping in the lobby.

Joi Roberts - Hosker

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007 7:14 AM CDT

I don't know you, but my brother is so fond of you that I knew you must be special. After reading your entire site, I'm overwhelmed at how much you have accomplished. How fortunate you are, all you've touched are. . .you have made a difference in many lives. God bless you and I pray that good modern medicine makes a difference for you as well. I'm working at listening to all your music. . . pending cooperative computer! God bless.

Joi Roberts Hosker (and all my art classes)
Stanton College Prep
Jacksonville, Florida

Dawn Burnett

Monday, March 19th, 2007 10:49 PM CDT

There is a young lady I'm told,
Whose piano sits dusted by mold.
Though unsure how to do it,
She must (and will) surely move it!
Certain of worth beyond gold.

With much thanks to the school board,
She now plays a new keyboard,
And listens to drums, oh so bold!

Keith Gates

Monday, March 19th, 2007 9:35 PM CDT

Dear John and Carol and friends all....

Thank you again for visiting my website. I am constantly working with Lane as he seeks to find ways to improve and maintain it. I have so much enjoyed hearing from so many of my friends that I had lost contact with, and new acquaintances also. Please feel free to write to me at my personal email:

John Wood

Monday, March 19th, 2007 6:21 PM CDT

Dear Keith,
I was so pleased to see that Lane had added to your website the beautiful songs you wrote based on my poems. You know how deeply they moved me and how honored I was to have you set something of mine. It's also been such a pleasure for me, loving your music as much as I do, to be able to listen to so many of your works - some of which I didn't know and some of which, like your wonderful Violin Concerto I'd not heard in years. What I've found myself listening to the most and going back to again and again are the Mass and the Anthem and Recessional from the Requiem. They are so very beautiful and so deeply moving. Your music from the first piece I ever heard has always touched my heart as powerfully as that of any other contemporary composer. I hope this website brings you more of the audience your art deserves. And, on a personal note, I miss getting to see you, Keith. As you may know, Carol and I also retired but moved off to Vermont. You and your music are in our thoughts.


Monday, March 19th, 2007 9:43 AM CDT

Keith, I kept my word and I came last night to Bethel, you see?
And I must let you know that I enjoyed sooooo much being there and visiting with all my Bethel family!


Sunday, March 18th, 2007 8:44 PM CDT

It was so good to see you and talk to you.

Your site is awesome, and I am definitely adding it to my favorite links.

Keith Gates

Sunday, March 18th, 2007 7:10 PM CDT

"Lane Miller the Rita Spiller"

I had a good friend who was Lane,
Whose work habits were quite insane,
He'd stay up all night
With just a small light,
No heed to exhaustion or pain!

Bent over he'd stay for an hour.
He'd never retrench or cower.
He'd take out his bags
Full of spare parts and rags
And then his chief purpose devour.

From the couch (make-shift bed) I would watch,
As he needled each note just a notch.
How he sighed, how he moaned,
Then he'd laugh. And I'd groan
"That's surely a glitch or a botch!"

But never a botch did I see
In that night from that pile of debris,
For out from that wreck -
Let the inspectors inspect!
Came forth a great feat by degree.

(For when Rita was done,
You'd have thought she had won,
For my Baldwin was dead
And I thought it had bled
Every note, for of musical sound there was none.)

But Lane proved that case not to be,
As my voice shouted out and with glee..
"Dearest friend what you gave,
Is like life from the grave."
Now I play "A" through "G". VICTORY!!

Dawn Burnett

Thursday, March 15th, 2007 10:59 PM CDT

Dearest Keith,
This website is truly impressive. Your Requiem was.....beyond words!
I want to ask you about organ compositions for Lent. Will call you soon!
My love always,


Saturday, March 10th, 2007 5:41 AM CST

Hi Keith!
I miss you and Krista . I missed the Requiem but I know it was wonderful. My friends told me.
Well, I do hope we will get together soon, as we were planning.
All my love to you and Krista.

Jackie L. Peacock

Friday, March 9th, 2007 12:59 PM CST

We are delighted to be able to read of your many accomplishments. It is even a greater joy to hear portions of your work. Thank you for sharing this with us. We are indeed so thankful in the manner in which God has blest your life and given you so many wonderful gifts. Thank you using them for His glory.

Jim Carberry

Thursday, March 8th, 2007 10:47 AM CST

Keith, I was so happy to see this website. I think
about you and Christa often. We pray for you both often.

Billie Sue Taylor

Wednesday, March 7th, 2007 10:13 PM CST

Keith, I was honored to be part of the St. Luke-Simpson choir that sang the anthem you wrote for the dedication of our new church. It is still one of my favorite pieces to listen to and to sing. Thank you so much for the beautiful gift of your music.

Milton Dale Peacock

Wednesday, March 7th, 2007 4:16 PM CST

How wonderful to stumble across your new website. We cherish our friendship of 25 years. The times with you and Christa have been sweet, especially that great meal the Gates and Condits prepared on December 9. Hearing you again on the piano on January 20 was a taste of heaven. How I rejoice in and continue to pray for the Lord's richest mercies upon you, dear brother. May you continue to honor and glorify Him. The King reigns!

Marsha Bruning Bujnoch

Monday, March 5th, 2007 10:31 PM CST

Hi Mr. Gates,

My mother sent me the article from the newspaper. It was great to see your photos and read a review of your life. I thought you were a great theory teacher and a compassionate person. Thanks for your influence in my life when I was a young music student in the 1980's. I still play the piano, mostly for church. And, my young daughters are now taking piano and guitar lessons. I kept going to college and became a nurse anesthetist. I understand what you're going through and will pray earnestly for you and your family. Take care.


Christina Yvonne Gates

Monday, March 5th, 2007 12:33 PM CST

Hi dad,
I love your website. I miss you.
I miss to hear you play the piano,
and watch you bent over your
manuscripts--hand scribbling
vigorously those small black
dots, that to you are a


Charles L. Roberts, Lake Charles

Monday, March 5th, 2007 10:04 AM CST

Dearest Keith,

Hello to you my friend! It has been quite a while since perfoming with you in "Cat On A Hot Tin Roof." Gosh, that was in March of 1994. You played the part of "Brick" along with my part as "Reverend Tooker." Working with the whole cast for all of those weeks was such a memorable experience, but my working alongside you was so inspiring & rewarding ... Such unbelievable talent! Several months after the last performance, we lost Sherri Phillips (who played Maggie) to cancer ... She was such a performer with a future in front of her. I'll never forget when Sherrie told me & wrote in my cast book "Charles, you never missed a cue for the kids to come on stage, but you're no preacher ... Ha!" She was so funny! Keith, it has been years since getting to know you. Each and everytime that I ran into you on the streets or around the corner, well, let's just say that you greeted me with such honor and galentry! You are such a special man to me and for everyone you have "touched." Keith, I have been told that I am special in my line of work, too ... It surely isn't talent, maybe just plain ole natural me. God bless you, Keith ... My prayers are always with you ... Take care my friend!

Charles, Odyssey Hospice Nurse

Keith Gates

Monday, March 5th, 2007 2:41 AM CST

I was moved to the point of tears when I saw the response on Friday to "An American Requiem" from the audience. Likewise, your comments here, so heartfelt and sincere wishing me well and expressing your concern have encouraged me and lifted my spirits beyond words of gratitude. May God bless you for your kindness to me.

Robert B. Dimmick

Sunday, March 4th, 2007 9:10 PM CST

Dear Keith,

How wonderful to see you with such a vigorous on-line presence! I've heard wonderful things about the Requiem from Mother and Dad and add my congratulations to theirs. I hope this work, and "The Hollow," will achieve the visibility they deserve.

JoAnn & Bill Dimmick

Sunday, March 4th, 2007 9:00 PM CST

We saw & heard the Requiem Friday night. We were very moved by the music & your well-deserved accolades. It was a memorable evening. Lake Charles is blessed to have you in its midst.

Josh LeMaire

Saturday, March 3rd, 2007 9:26 PM CST

Hey Mr. Gates, I just wanted to thank you for your wonderful music and for being a great teacher. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Take care

Robby Parks

Saturday, March 3rd, 2007 5:32 PM CST

I attended the Voices of London show and the concert paying respects to the 9-11 families at the Civic Center in Lake Charles. It was so very good, I just wanted you to know how much

Eleanor Sherwood Lemoine

Friday, March 2nd, 2007 10:53 PM CST

Thank you, thank you...
The words and the music were so powerful together. I will long remember this evening.
God bless, Ellie

Dorothy and Fred Sahlmann

Friday, March 2nd, 2007 10:22 PM CST

Very dear Keith,

Your American Requiem is not only a powerful memorial to the tragedy of 9/11 but also a magnificent gift to humanity.

Thank you for your music and your friendship.

We love you.

Dorothy and Fred

Janna Demeritt

Friday, March 2nd, 2007 10:05 PM CST

Hi Mr. Gates!

I googled you and came across your website! What a nice site. I consider it an honor to have been given the chance to perform your beautiful flute and piano Sonatina! All of your music is magnificent. Thank you! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!

Peace, Love, and Music

Joe and Anne Dye

Friday, March 2nd, 2007 9:58 PM CST

Just saw your "American Requiem" performed by Voices of London, McNeese Chamber Singers, and McNeese Wind Symphony. It was wonderful.

Thanks for all your music. And especially for the music at our wedding.

We are praying for you.

Love Joe and Anne Dye

Lori Stelly

Thursday, March 1st, 2007 10:56 PM CST

I just read your article in todays paper and wanted you to know what a wonderful attitude you seem to have. I have recently lost my mother to pancreatic cancer and the experience has also brought me closer to God. I have come to believe it is suffering that brings us closer to our Father. Although I do not know you, nor you me, you and your family are in my prayers.

Ted Vinatieri

Thursday, March 1st, 2007 8:35 PM CST

What a delight to see that a site has been opened. We are with you in prayer for the work you press on to do. May God give you and Krista the endurance needed! Lovingly, Ted & Genean Vinatieri

Jared Sensat

Thursday, March 1st, 2007 6:54 PM CST

Mr. Gates:

You may not remember me, but I had a student job some years back working for you in the music library on campus. I just wanted to drop a line to say keep on keepin on! You were always good to me and I will keep you in my prayers so that you can fully recover and continue to share your extraordinary gift with the world!

Richard Irvin

Thursday, March 1st, 2007 10:14 AM CST

Dear Keith, Christa, and Lane,

Hello my brother and sister. It is so nice to finally see a website to inform people about the music God has given to you.

And Lane, I too thank you for your work on developing this website, collecting the music, and repairing the Baldwin. I had wanted to see a site like this for years for Keith's work; I am glad you did it and did such a fine job.

Speedy Parker

Thursday, March 1st, 2007 8:57 AM CST

I saw the article in the paper about you. I think about you and Craig a lot. So sorry to hear about your illness. I will try to call you soon. Would love to talk to you. Love, Speedy

Janet Foshee

Thursday, March 1st, 2007 6:45 AM CST

Mr. Gates,

I just read the article in the American Press and am happy to see you pressing on with your composing. Thanks for being an encouragement to me, both while taking Theory class and now at this stage of life.

Until we meet again whether here or in glory,
Janet Foshee

Brett Downer

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007 1:39 PM CST

Keith, you're a treasure to Lake Charles and to the music world, and have remained a good guy throughout. To illustrate the latter: You once worked patiently at the piano with an amateur who had no credentials to be singing in a musical. After playing a passage multiple times, you looked up, grinning, and said, "Yes! You sang the notes!" It was said as much in amazement as in encouragement. But it was affirmation from Keith Gates, and that means something. I remain grateful.

Greg English

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007 6:26 PM CST

Best wishes from Greg and Jean English. Greg is the sponsor of the Oak Park Middle School yearbook and is currently putting together the 50th anniversay book when he came across your photo in strings class. Jean is the current strings director at OP and the McNeese Youth Orchestra. She was in youth orchestra years ago with you.

You are in our prayers and we are looking forward to your great music this Friday night at Banners.

Darryl Jones

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007 12:34 PM CST

Keith, thanks for writing such beautiful choral music for all of my groups to enjoy. Your music always speaks directly to my inner-being and inspires me to be a better person and conductor. I continue to keep you in my prayers. Take care my friend!


Tuesday, February 27th, 2007 10:14 AM CST

Keith, our family will long remember the special Shabbat that we spent with you, Steve and Cherie. You're in our thoughts and prayers.
Janna, Craig, Ezra, Aaron, Aviva and Leora

Michael Bodnar

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007 8:20 AM CST

Very sorry to hear of your recent health problems. Best wishes to you.

Michael Bodnar

carol lines

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007 7:26 AM CST

Much love and prayers for you and Christa. I am priveleged to have premiered one of your works, for the dedication, and it is wonderful that you were at the piano. I look forward to singing them again in the future, along with your other wonderful songs - Jeff sends his best regards.
Carol Lines

Jon Robertson

Monday, February 26th, 2007 8:07 AM CST

Dear Keith,
I was so sorry to hear about about this sad turn in your health. I can't tell you how working with you on two operas stretched me as a writer and what a privilege it was to work with a composer of such brilliance and heart.
Things are well with me; I had a book published in 2004 and another in 2006, and I'm now home writing full time. (
My prayers are with you and Christa and family.
Love the website!
To my friend and collegue,
Much love,

Jeffrey Bell-Hanson

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007 1:55 PM CST

The site looks great! I already sent the URL to several colleagues. Perhaps a little more info about obtaining the music for performance.
I am so pleased to have this address to share with others who have not yet discovered your gifts to us.
Our thoughts and prayers to you... JLB

David Waybright

Monday, February 19th, 2007 4:43 PM CST

You are one of my all-time favorite colleagues and human beings. I love you and your music. Best always! I hope to see you soon!!

Sunday, February 18th, 2007 7:17 PM CST

mischabera for keith

Gary Venet

Sunday, February 18th, 2007 6:02 PM CST

Hi Keith, Kate told me about your site, and it is wonderful! I think of you often, and am sending to you all my best wishes and prayers. Love,Gary

Keith Gates

Thursday, February 15th, 2007 8:54 PM CST

I want to thank each and every one who has writen in the guestbook, all of you who have said that you are praying for my recovery and mentioned that you are thinking about me. I can not tell you how much that means to me. Your friendships and well wishes have been a source of great encouragment. And your comments about your love of my music...well, I can only point my finger upward to the sky to illustrate the source of all our talents, remembering that every good gift has come from Him. I thank you for your genuine concern and your evident appreciation of my music. May God bless you all.

Kenneth Crain

Tuesday, February 13th, 2007 11:56 AM CST

This is great, your own website. I love it. You know how you have inspired me and motivated me. If God were a composer I think he would be you. You are the best and no one can imitate you. Thanks for all of your years of friendship and instruction. May God bless you.

Jane Malzi

Monday, February 12th, 2007 12:10 PM CST

Fran Zieralski told me about you. Your music is beautiful. My prayers are with you.

Kate Rick and Natalie Wodecki

Sunday, February 11th, 2007 3:57 PM CST

Dearest Keith,

Aunt Frannie told me about your new website. Lane has brought us closer to you, so we can enjoy all the fruits of your labor. Thanks so much for this wonderful experience Lane. We are listening to this as we work. Very lovely music. Captivating tones. What a great idea.
God Bless You Keith, you are a blessing to us. We think of you very often. All our love to all.
xoxo Kate, Rick and Natalie

Reta Kaspar

Sunday, February 11th, 2007 3:19 PM CST

Just found out about your website at church this morning. I have been listening to your lovely music this afternoon. I send my love, Reta

Larry Lang

Saturday, February 10th, 2007 6:42 PM CST

Keith...Great to see this website up so that more people can enjoy your beautiful gift! I am so honored to know you as a friend and to have worked together on your commissions for the Air Force. I love your music and I love you dearly, my friend. May God continue to bless you as you have blessed so many others.

In Christ,


Summer Fryar Comeaux

Saturday, February 10th, 2007 4:11 PM CST

Hello Keith and Family!!!

I hope you got the telephone message I left for you on your answering machine about a month and a half ago...Brad and I have been praying for you and your family! May God give YOU the perseverance and faith to know that you can place your trust in Him to heal you completely!! What a testimony you have become in our lives..hearing of your endurance! We have been praying for you in our Sunday School class here in Lufkin, TX at the First Baptist Church. Know that we think of you often!! What inspiration your music has been to many musicians and non-musicians alike! I'll always remember spending countless rehearsal hours with you and others while playing Nicholina in your touching opera, The Christmas Coin! What an honor it is to KNOW that you have been blessed with the opportunity to influence the lives of MANY thru your inspiring musical works!


Brad and Summer Comeaux and family
(McKenzie Joleigh- 5 and Bryce William - 3)

Anne Drake

Saturday, February 10th, 2007 11:29 AM CST

Greetings Lane and Keith: My goodness Keith - your own website! What an honor! It looks great!! You've come a long way from our little musical group meeting at my house when we were in our teens. Since you played the piano, I played my bongo drums, and Sue Stream was on violin. I forget what Craig played, but we had a lot of fun. We also had fun being in plays together at LaGrange. I always thought you would make acting your career, but I guess music captured your heart. That's good news for George Clooney and Tom Selleck since you would have given them a run for their money!
I'll be providing backstage food for the gang performing your Requiem, so I'll be sure they have plenty of sugar to keep them going and do your piece proud! I'm going to bring my bongo drums just in case the piece needs a little jazzing up. Don't thank me - glad to do it :)

Chris Miller

Friday, February 9th, 2007 1:58 PM CST

Just a quick word to say thanks to Lane for the great job on the website! I can help tweak a few things if you would like...let me know.

But most of all...thank you, Keith, for all the wonderful music...for all the melodies that still echo in my memory. I am looking forward to the Requiem performance! I am excited to know that it will be on LPB or is it LPR...or both. Anyway, you deserve the attention; it is long overdue.

I wondered if you, Keith, ever had written an arrangement of "Who is a God like our God" apart from the one in the Christmas Coin? I would like to use this song this Lent at First Presbyterian. With your permission, of course.

You are in our hearts and prayers.

Dennis Condit

Friday, February 9th, 2007 9:37 AM CST

Keith is truly a wonderful person and I consider him a good friend. I have been to home many times during the holidays for special dinners. He is very special and gifted. A fellow church member. I wish him well and that God continues to watch over him. I hope that he lives a long and complete life. God Bless him and his family.

Amber Powell

Friday, February 9th, 2007 9:34 AM CST

Words cannot express the joy in my heart to know that you are being honored in such a wonderful way! You are an amazing man who is richly blessed with friends and family that love & support you in every way. God has truly performed miracles in your life & I am thankful to have studied under you, sung your works, attended church with you, and witnessed the changes in your life. God is so faithful! May He continue to bless you & your family as you give all glory to Him.

Julie Miller

Friday, February 9th, 2007 7:42 AM CST

Such a joy it is to hear your music every day! You are enriching the world. Be well.

Stan Morris

Thursday, February 8th, 2007 8:12 PM CST

Wonderful website. It was apleasure working with you in the summer Keith. I throughly enjoyed it.

Gwen Auld

Thursday, February 8th, 2007 7:12 PM CST

Hang in there! You are WELL-LOVED out here.....

Marcia Steel

Thursday, February 8th, 2007 5:09 PM CST

Damn, you still look like you did 35 years ago. Have you checked out the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance? They seem to be working miracles. I don't quite know what else to say, except FIGHT!!!

Johnnie Bankens

Thursday, February 8th, 2007 1:16 PM CST

I was lucky enough to be apart of the premier of "American Requiem". I am also lucky enough to perform it again this spring 2007 semester. I love and truly cherish my time spent hearing and performing the music of Keith Gates. I also cherish all the things I've learned from Mr. Gates. Especially opera!!! During our performance of Poulenc's Le Mammelles des Tiresias, backstage, Mr. Gates started telling me about the gorgeous operas by R. Strauss. His eyes "lit-up" as he explained the soaring vocal lines for soprano and the thick and colorful textures that Strauss provided the orchestra. After our conversation, I began listening to operas such as Der Rosenkavalier and Arabella. I've been a huge Strauss fan ever since. This site is wonderful!!! It has allowed me to hear "Soliloquy." What a fantastic piece of music, as well as gorgeous text by Tony Kushner. Truly spectacular!! Thank you Lane!!... and thank you Keith Gates!!

Irene Vandever

Thursday, February 8th, 2007 11:00 AM CST

How can one thank a person for sharing such overwhelming talent with us?
You are in our hearts and in our prayers...

Fred VanNess

Tuesday, February 6th, 2007 5:49 PM CST

Mr. Gates,
I have to start off by saying how much of an inspiration you are. I still remember my first day in music theory and I thought I was in another country, you were so understanding and patient and that has always stuck with me through out my time here at McNeese. I have always wanted to perform one of your pieces and when I heard that McNeese Chamber Singers were doing the American Requiem for Banners I almost couldn't believe it. I am truly blessed to have the opportunity to sing such an amazing work by an amazing composer. Thank you for writing and sharing your music with the world.

Martha Lindsey

Tuesday, February 6th, 2007 1:39 PM CST

Thank you Lane, for your excellent work in setting up this website for Keith. And Keith, as you know, I have always loved your music and love you! You, and your music, have been such a gift in many, many lives. And now, through the website, your light will shine to even more souls throughout this world.

Judy Hand

Tuesday, February 6th, 2007 9:56 AM CST

Keith, with a gift like yours, you have an obligation to share it, and I know you have wanted to do so. Now people from all over the world can have easy access to samples of your gorgeous, spiritual music that I have enjoyed for so many years. It is a privilege to know you and to perform your music.

The website is beautiful, and long overdue. Thanks so much, Lane, for putting it together.

Rod Lauderdale

Monday, February 5th, 2007 8:42 PM CST

Great Web Site!!!

It is difficult to get down into words, or a web site for that matter, the greatness that is Keith Gates. This is a good start. His music has a romantic passion for life that just oozes emotion. (and his horn parts are great too!) Take the time to listen to some of his music, it will be time well spent.


Barbara Belew

Monday, February 5th, 2007 5:43 PM CST

1) This is going to be a terrific website.
2) Keith's music ALWAYS pleases the musicians
and the audiences.
3) The members of the Louisiana Chapter of the
American Harp Society are thrilled that he
has accepted our commission and has written
a fine Suite for Three Harps for us. We plan to
present all or a portion of it on our March 4,
2007 Spring Concert.

Robert P. Rocco

Monday, February 5th, 2007 4:32 PM CST

What a welcoming and impressive Web site this is! Can't wait to see even more photos and hear some more sound clips. Nice work from all parties involved. Keith, I have not stopped thinking about the concert at NCSA last month. It was a delight to be a part of it all. It was all at once a bit mystical and miraculous. You are blessed with many GREAT friends! BRAVO and LOVE to all. XOXO

Karen Schowalter Cooper

Monday, February 5th, 2007 1:23 PM CST

What a wonderful testament to an incredible artist!
Singing your music was life changing for me and knowing you brought the heart and soul to all of it.
Thank you for being a shining star through so much darkness...God bless you and yours always!
All my love and gratitude,

Bob Carter

Monday, February 5th, 2007 12:19 PM CST

Nice web site, Keith and Lane!
I've checked every niche, and it all works perfectly.

Natasha Chilingerian

Monday, February 5th, 2007 10:46 AM CST

Your achievements are amazing! It was nice to speak with you a few days ago and I look forward to speaking with you again in regards to your Banners series concert. I wish you all the best!
-Natasha, the American Press

Keith Gates

Monday, February 5th, 2007 8:35 AM CST

You are doing a wonderful job, Lane. Thank you so much. For those friends of mine and visitors let me tell you a little about Lane Miller, my dear friend who is constructing this web site for me.
He is an amazing and brilliant piano technician. Recently he repaired my Baldwin Grand piano that had been virtually destroyed by Hurricane Rita. For four days he labored night and day, coming all the way to Louisiana from Potsdam New York with tools and parts. It had been declared "a total loss" by a local technician and the insurance company. But he amazingly put it all back together, and it sounds better now than it did before. And all free of charge. Now that's a friend, indeed. Thanks again, Lane.

Craig R. H. Gates

Monday, February 5th, 2007 8:15 AM CST

Thank you, Lane Miller. I can not tell you how much this means to me.

David Taylor

Monday, February 5th, 2007 8:03 AM CST

Enjoyed immensely. You are a very talented composer and wonderful person. Live long and prosper.

Beth Moody

Monday, February 5th, 2007 6:00 AM CST


So glad you have your own website, it's quite nice...we are definitely HUGE FANS of you and your music and it's great to see you have your own place on the web. We'll be checking in often.

Julie Miller

Saturday, February 3rd, 2007 1:19 PM CST

Hi Keith!

Lane Miller

Saturday, February 3rd, 2007 8:37 AM CST

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