Jerod Tate

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Jerod Tate

Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation. Impichchaachaaha’ is a Chicksaw name that translates to “High Corn Crib” in English, it describes an elevated crib used to house the family’s corn. Tate is very proud of his Chickasaw heritage and includes the family name in his works.

An award-winning composer, Jerod recently won an Emmy® for The Science in Composing, a documentary about Jerod teaching composition to seven world-renowned research scientists. Their compositions culminated in a public performance at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art by members of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic.

Recently Production Assistant Tobias Grant (Omaha) spoke with Jerod about his Chickasaw name, composing his first work and his plans for this year.

 
 

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