2006 Performances & Events



Indian Country Diaries: A Seat at the Drum, orchestral soundtrack composed and conducted by Jerod Tate, premieres on PBS, nationwide. Check local listings.

October 4-9

Jerod appeared all week at the National Museum of the American Indian, for their inaugural Classical Native Music Program. Classical Native united American Indian classical composers and musicians through a four-day musical cornucopia of recitals, chamber music concerts, school programs, as well as a roundtable with the composers. These programs demonstrated the strikingly diverse talents of the American Indian music community and furthered the NMAI's mission to dispel commonly held perceptions about the lives and cultures of America's Native peoples. Jerod's schedule for that week was:

• Thursday, October 5, 2006, 10:30 a.m. & Friday, October 6, 2006, 10:30 a.m.

Children's concert, featuring the Contemporary Music Forum performing Jerod Tate's Spirit Chief Names the Animal People, with R. Carlos Nakai as narrator and Tate on the piano.


Jerod with members of the Contemporary Music Forum and R. Carlos Nakai.

Also programmed was “Ferdinand” for Narrator and Solo Violin, performed by Steven Alvarez (Mescalero Apache/Yaqui/Upper Tanana Athabascan) and Heidi Senungetuk (Inupiat).


Steven Alvarez and Heidi Senungetuk.

• Saturday, October 7, 2006

1 p.m. Composers' Roundtable: Public discussion with Raven Chacon, Dawn Avery, George Quincy, Jerod Tate and Barbara Croall, moderated by R. Carlos Nakai.
• Sunday, October 8, 2006

2 p.m., Classical Native Performer Showcase, with Steven Alvarez (Mescalero Apache/Yaqui/Upper Tanana Athabascan performing Jerod's Taloa' Hiloha for 5-Drum Timpani Solo.

Watch the live performance here.

3:30 p.m. Pre-concert Talk with Dr. Louis Ballard, Dr. David Yeagley and Jerod Tate.

4 p.m. Chamber Concert: Contemporary Music Forum, Steve Antosca, music director, performing works by Dr. Louis Ballard (Qwapaw), Dr. David Yeagley (Comanche), Barbara Croall (Odawa) and Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate (Chickasaw).


Gabriel Ayala, Raven Chacon, David Yeagley, Jerod, Barbara Croall, Tim Long, Barbara McAlister, Howard Bass

June 22

Awarded third place in the 2006 Percussive Arts Society Composition Contest, Category I, for his composition entitled Taloa' Hiloha (Thunder Song) for Solo Timpani.

June 5-16

Composer-in-Residence for the second annual Chickasaw Summer Arts Academy (CSAA) in Ada, OKlahoma.

Watch a performance of the CSAA '06 student compositions:

Lullaby, by Skye Shackleford (Chickasaw).

5 Shades of Burgundy, by Zachary Garcia (Chickasaw).

Dolce, by Selina Matthews (Chickasaw).

Forever, by Kate Duty (Chickasaw).

Haná'li, by Amanda Shackleford (Chickasaw).

Emo Childhood, by Courtney Parchcorn (Chickasaw).

Carolina Waltz, by Wyas Parker (Chickasaw).

Improvisation, by Wyas Parker (Chickasaw).


Jerod with CSAA '06 students and the Chickasaw Summer Arts Quartet.


With my family in the lobby of the CSAA final performance.

May 20

Jerod received The Cleveland Institute of Music Alumni Achievement Award for 2006. The Alumni Achievement Award is given annually to honor CIM alumnus and alumna for outstanding achievement in the field of music.

Alumni Award

Alumni Achievement awardees Jerod Tate, Paula Page and Marianne Mastics - Distinguished Alumni awardee Joela Jones.


Speaking at commencement.


Indian Country Diaries selected as a Remi Winner at the WorldFest-Houston Film Festival.
Orchestral soundtrack composed and conducted by Jerod Tate.


Both films from the Indian Country Diaries series, A Seat at the Drum and Spiral of Fire, were selected as Remi Winners at the 39th annual WorldFest-Houston -- the 3rd oldest independent film showcase in North America. These awards assume special significance this year, as more than 4,500 category entries were competing from 33 countries. WorldFest remains "Fiercely Independent" as one of North America's largest film & video competitions. http://www.worldfest.org

Indian Country Diaries is a two-part public television series that explores issues facing contemporary Native Americans in urban and reservation settings. Compelling narrative stories weave themes of identity, sovereignty, health, assimilation, religion and more into a fascinating portrait of a people too often invisible in American society. http://www.indiancountrydiaries.org

April 7-9

Dr. Milton Allen, alumnus Music Director of the Whittenberg University Orchestra, Springfield, Ohio, conducted Indian Spirit at Mesa Falls and Sprit Chief Names the Animal People, with Jerod appearing as guest pianist and narrator. Jerod was also a guest lecturer on campus. In addition, Dr. Allen conducted Dream World Blesses Me as part of his doctoral recital at Ohio State University.


Dr. Allen rehearsing the Whittenberg University Orchestra.


Jerod with Dr. Allen and student performers at Ohio State University.

February 16

Jerod guest lectured about American Indian composers for Dr. Rob Deemer's composition students at the University of Oklahoma.

January 23

Jerod received the 2006 Joyce Award in Chicago.

Joyce Awards 2006

This award includes the commission of a new guitar concerto for soloist Jason Vieaux. The concerto will premiere in October 2008 with the Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis, conducted by Cary John Franklin.

Watch Jerod's Joyce Award video

Joyce Awardees and Ellen

Jerod with Joyce Award winners and Ellen S. Alberding, Joyce Foundation President.

Jerod Family

Jerod and his family at the Joyce Awards ceremony in Chicago.


Jerod will be composing a new work commissioned by the American Composers Forum Continental Harmony project. For this commission, Jerod will be working with his own tribe, the Chickasaw Nation, in Oklahoma and create a new work to be performed at the opening of the new Chickasaw Cultural Center. Premiering in the spring of 2009, this project will include the Oklahoma Youth Orchestra, Chickasaw Children's Choir, Chickasaw Nation Dance Troupe and the Chickasaw Living History Players.


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