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Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate was born in 1968 in Norman, Oklahoma,and is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation. Mr. Tate is dedicated to thedevelopment of American Indian classical composition, and a recent review byThe Washington Post states that “Tate’s connection to nature and the human experiencewas quite apparent in this piece...rarer still is his ability to effectivelyinfuse classical music with American Indian nationalism.” This review was aresponse to a performance of Iholba’ (The Vision), for Solo Flute, Orchestraand Chorus, which was commissioned by the National Symphony Orchestra andpremiered at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Iholba' and Tracing Mississippi, Concerto for Fluteand Orchestra, were recorded in 2007 by the San Francisco Symphony and San FranciscoSymphony Chorus and are currently available on Thunderbird Records. In 2006,Mr. Tate was the recipient of the Joyce Award which supported the commission ofNitoshi’ Imali, Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra, which premiered in 2007with soloist Jason Vieaux and the Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis, conducted byCary John Franklin.

Lowak Shoppala’ (Fire and Light) for orchestra andchildren’s chorus, commissioned by the American Composers Forum ContinentalHarmony Project, celebrates the opening of the new Chickasaw Cultural Center inSulphur, Oklahoma. In 2008, he was appointed as Cultural Ambassador for theState of Oklahoma. Mr. Tate received his BM in Piano Performance fromNorthwestern University where he studied with Dr. Donald J. Isaak. He thencompleted his MM in Piano Performance and Composition at the ClevelandInstitute of Music where he studied with Elizabeth Pastor and Dr. Donald Erb.Shortly after beginning his piano studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music,Jerod’s first composition, Winter Moons ballet score, was commissioned byDr. Patricia Tate and premiered at the University of Wyoming in 1992. ColoradoBallet subsequently performed it in 1994 and 1996.

Since then, Tate has received numerous commissions and his workshave been performed by the National Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra,Minnesota Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Colorado Ballet, The NewMexico Symphony, the Contemporary Music Forum, Dale Warland Singers, the NewJersey Chamber Music Society and the Philadelphia Classical Symphony, to name afew.

Mr. Tate is Artistic Director for the Chickasaw Chamber Music Festival.He is Composer-in-Residence for the Chickasaw Summer Arts Academy and wasComposer- in-Residence for the Grand Canyon Music Festival’s Native AmericanComposer Apprentice Project in 2004 and 2005. In 2007, he was Composer-in-Residencefor The Joyce Foundation/American Composers Forum, teaching composition toAmerican Indian high school students in Minneapolis.

 Mr. Tate received the 2006 Alumni Achievement Award fromthe Cleveland Institute of Music and has also received awards from Meet the Composerand the Percussive Arts Society. He is happily married to Ursula Running Bear,an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe (Sicangu Lakota).

 Mr. Tate’s middle name, Impichchaachaaha’, means“high corncrib” and is his inherited traditional Chickasaw house name. Acorncrib is a small hut used for the storage of corn and other vegetables. Intraditional Chickasaw culture, the corncrib was built high off of the ground onstilts to keep its contents safe from foraging animals.

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