FAMcamps | Composition Academy

Composition Academy (11 to 15 years old) 
June 10–14 | 9 a.m.–4 p.m. and required rehearsal/public performance Sunday, June 16 | 10 a.m.–2 p.m. 
Instructor: Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate (Chickasaw)  
Alliance Lounge | Capacity: 6 

This camp requires an application, which opens Monday, March 11 and closes Sunday, April 7 at 11:59 p.m. Families will be notified of their acceptance by Friday, April 10. Click here to apply.  

In this workshop setting, world-renowned composer Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate will teach the fundamentals of composing for classical string quartet with an emphasis on infusing scores with cultural influences. After five days of individualized instruction, participants will debut their new works for their community, families and friends. Student attendance at the Saturday morning rehearsal and subsequent afternoon performance is required.   

All prospective participants must be able to read music and play at least one instrument. Students will be provided with an electric keyboard and may bring other instruments of their choice. Each session is limited to 6 students.  

About the Instructor 
Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate is a classical composer, citizen of the Chickasaw Nation in Oklahoma, and is dedicated to the development of American Indian classical composition. The Washington Post selected him as one of “22 for ’22: Composers and performers to watch this year” and raved that “Tate is rare as an American Indian composer of classical music. Rarer still is his ability to effectively infuse classical music with American Indian nationalism.” Tate is a 2022 Chickasaw Hall of Fame inductee, a 2022 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient from The Cleveland Institute of Music and was appointed 2021 Cultural Ambassador for the U. S. Department of State. This is Jerod’s third year presenting Composition Academy at FAM.