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SDSO and Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate selected for Music Alive Residency

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Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate


Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate and South Dakota Symphony Orchestra (SDSO) are one of only five composer and orchestra pairs selected through a peer review panel process to participate in Music Alive, a national three-year composer-orchestra residency program of the League of American Orchestras and New Music USA.

Music Alive prioritizes collaborative work and immersive experiences for composers, orchestra musicians, artistic leadership, and community members. Music Alive hopes to demonstrate – through active partnership with the participating residency pairings – the power and value of living composers working at the center of American orchestras.

“The SDSO is truly honored to be partnering with New Music USA, alongside such venerable institutions as the Philadelphia Orchestra and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra,” said SDSO Music Director Delta David Gier.  “The SDSO strives to build bridges in our community and across the state and region with the goal of connecting people through music, of creating understanding through sharing something we all love. Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate has already played an integral role in our Lakota Music Project.  This new partnership will allow the orchestra to impact the communities we serve in even more significant ways.”

The SDSO chose Jerod as its composer because of a long-history of impactful work together, Jerod’s passion for and success in mentoring young composers, and the partnership’s ability to assist the SDSO in addressing the state-wide issue of race relations through the Lakota Music Project.   The SDSO’s work with Jerod began in 2009 with the commission of Waktégli Olówaŋ (Victory Songs), sung in Lakota, based on five Sioux Warriors. Jerod’s residency will focus on realizing the SDSO’s vision for Phase III of its Lakota Music Project which includes in depth residency in a small number of South Dakota Communities.

The five new Music Alive composer-orchestra pairings are:

Lembit Beecher and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
Anna Clyne and Berkeley Symphony
Stacy Garrop and Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra
Hannibal Lokumbe and The Philadelphia Orchestra
Jerod Tate and South Dakota Symphony Orchestra

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Pictured Top: South Dakota Symphony Orchestra
Pictured Right: Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate