Musicians & Composers

Discover the spiritual Chickasaw art of music – a passion that has resonated across generations. Experience these beautiful melodies for yourself, and meet the talented Chickasaw musicians and composers who celebrate their rich tribal heritage through song.

Jeff Carpenter

Preserving his Chickasaw heritage through music as a member of band, Injunuity
Guitarist Jeff Carpenter is a Native American Music Award winning member of the folk/rock band, Injunuity.

Jerod Tate

Emmy Award-winning classical composer dedicated to American Indian classical composition
He is a classical composer and proud member of the Chickasaw nation dedicating his work to the development of American Indian classical composition.

Katie Barrick

A passion for music and an alumna of the Chickasaw Summer Arts Academy
Hailing from Wynnewood, Oklahoma, Chickasaw violinist Katie Barrick is a senior at Oklahoma City University (OCU) majoring in Music Business.

Michael Cornelius

Keeping the tradition of Chickasaw music and craftsmanship alive
Cornelius is a family man who practices the art of flute making to connect to the heritage of his Chickasaw ancestors.

Tim Cornelius

Bringing rivercane to life to create one-of-a-kind Native American flutes
Tim Cornelius is a family-oriented Chickasaw musician and craftsman.

Wyas Parker

Accomplished Chickasaw pianist and guitarist
As an award-winning musician, Parker has been playing instruments since he can remember.

Zach Garcia

Attributes his strong work ethic and determination to his Chickasaw heritage
Zach is an award-winning musician, a honor student, and has been a part of the Chickasaw Nation’s Chikasha Apihchi Ikbia youth leadership program.