Composing in the Chickasaw Language

Jerod Tate

After winning a competition and receiving a commission by the National Symphony Orchestra to write a piece of music to be performed at the nation's capitol, Jerod Tate decided that he wanted the music to incorporate Chickasaw language as a way to represent his heritage.


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