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Release Date: September 25, 2018

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office



  • Chickasaw citizen and classical composer Jerod Tate will give a lecture presentation on the campus of Murray State College, Sept. 26, from 6:30-8 p.m.

TISHOMINGO, Okla. – The Student Success Center, in conjunction with the Murray State College (MSC) Native Club, will host a presentation by renowned Native American composer Jerod Tate, Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 6:30-8 p.m.

Tate’s lecture will take place in the auditorium of MSC Administration Building in room 216. It is open to all Murray students, faculty, staff and members of the public.

Tate is a classical composer and citizen of the Chickasaw Nation. His work has been performed by orchestras across the nation, including the National Symphony Orchestra; San Francisco Symphony and Chorus; Philadelphia Classical Symphony; the Santa Fe Desert Chorale; Canterbury Voices; Colorado Ballet; and Oklahoma City Philharmonic.

His work also has been performed internationally by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

Tate’s recent commissions include a bassoon concerto, “Ghost of the White Deer,” for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra; his Chickasaw oratorio, “Misha’ Sipokni’, for Canterbury Voices and the OKC Philharmonic and his “Ponca Indian Cantata” for Hildegard Center for the Arts.

His music has also been featured in the popular HBO television series “Westworld.”

Tate’s accolades include being a three-time classical commissioning program recipient from the American Composers Forum; a Cleveland Institute of Music Alumni Achievement Award; appointed creativity ambassador for the state of Oklahoma; and an Emmy Award winner for his work on “The Science of Composing,” an Oklahoma Educational Television Authority documentary.

As an educator, Tate is dedicated to the development of American Indian compositions and has worked with the music and language of multiple tribes outside the Chickasaw Nation, including Choctaw, Cherokee, Navajo, Hopi, Shawnee, Creek, Lakota, Caddo and Shoshone.

Tate earned a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from Northwestern University and earned a master’s in piano performance and composition from the Cleveland Institute of Music.

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