San Francisco Symphony and Chorus
works by Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate


Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate, composer
Edwin Outwater, conductor
Christine Bailey Davis, flute
Thomas Robertello, flute

Track Listing

Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate
Tracing Mississippi
Concerto for Flute and Orchestra
1. Taloowa’ (Song) [6:23]
2. Missipi’ Aabi (Tracing Mississippi) [6:23]
3. Shilombish Anompoli’ (Talking Spirits) [9:45]
4. Halshi’ Hiloha (Sun Thunder) [6:31]
Christine Bailey Davis, flute

Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate
Iholba’ for Solo Flute, Orchestra, and Chorus
5. Halbina’ (The Gift) [15:04]
6. Iholba’ (The Vision) [10:58]
Thomas Robertello, flute

Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate was born in 1968 in Norman, Oklahoma and is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation. Mr. Tate is dedicated to the development of American Indian classical composition, and a recent review by The Washington Post states that “Tate’s connection to nature and the human experience was quite apparent in this piece…rarer still is his ability to infuse classical music with American Indian nationalism.” This review was a response to a performance of Iholba’ (The Vision), for Solo Flute, Orchestra and Chorus, which was commissioned by the National Symphony Orchestra and premiered at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

In 2006, Mr. Tate was the recipient of the Joyce Award which supported the commission of Nitoshi’ Imali, Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra, which premiered in 2007 with soloist Jason Vieaux and the Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis, conducted by Cary John Franklin. His new work for orchestra and children’s chorus, commissioned by the American Composers Forum Continental Harmony Project, celebrates the opening of the new Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur, Oklahoma.

Mr. Tate received his BM in Piano Performance from Northwestern University where he studied with Dr. Donald J. Isaak. He then completed his MM in Piano Performance and Composition at The Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with Elizabeth Pastor and Dr. Donald Erb. Shortly after beginning his piano studies at The Cleveland Institute of Music, Jerod’s first composition, Winter Moons ballet score, was commissioned by Dr. Patricia Tate and premiered at the University of Wyoming in 1992. Colorado Ballet subsequently performed it in 1994 and 1996.

Since then, Tate has received numerous commissions and his works have been performed by the National Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Colorado Ballet, The New Mexico Symphony, the Contemporary Music Forum, Dale Warland Singers, the New Jersey Chamber Music Society and the Oklahoma City University Wind Philharmonic, to name a few.

Mr. Tate is Artistic Director for the Chickasaw Chamber Music Festival. He is Composer-in-Residence for the Chickasaw Summer Arts Academy and was Composer-in-Residence for the Grand Canyon Music Festival’s Native American Composer Apprentice Project in 2004 and 2005. In 2007, he was Composer-in-Residence for The Joyce Foundation/American Composers Forum, teaching composition to American Indian high school students in Minneapolis.

Mr. Tate received the 2006 Alumni Achievement Award from The Cleveland Institute of Music and has also received awards from Meet the Composer and the Percussive Arts Society. He is happily married to Ursula Running Bear, an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe (Sicangu Lakota).

Mr. Tate’s middle name, Impichchaachaaha’, means “high corncrib” and is his inherited traditional Chickasaw house name. A corncrib is a small hut used for the storage of corn and other vegetables. In traditional Chickasaw culture, the corncrib was built high off of the ground on stilts to keep its contents safe from foraging animals.

Edwin Outwater is the newly appointed Music Director of the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony in Ontario, Canada. Mr. Outwater recently concluded his tenure as Resident Conductor of the San Francisco Symphony. While there, he worked closely with Michael Tilson Thomas, accompanied the orchestra on tour and conducted numerous concerts each season. He made his subscription debut in 2002 with Kurt Masur conducting Britten’s War Requiem, and has collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma, Evelyn Glennie, and many others. His programs were consistently innovative and featured the works of composers such as John Adams, Thomas Adès, Chen Yi, Gabriela Lena Frank, HK Gruber, Lou Harrison, Robin Holloway, Nathaniel Stookey, and Tan Dun. In July 2006 Mr. Outwater conducted the world premiere performance and recording of The Composer is Dead, by Nathaniel Stookey and Lemony Snicket for an eventual HarperCollins release. From 2001-2005 Mr. Outwater was Wattis Foundation Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra.

Mr. Outwater has conducted the Chicago Symphony, as well as symphony orchestras of Utah, Louisville, New World, and Portland (ME). He has also conducted the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras, as well as the Symphony Orchestras of Baltimore, Houston, Detroit, Seattle, and Indianapolis, among many others.

Mr. Outwater’s work in music education and community outreach has been widely acclaimed. In 2004 his education programs were given the Leonard Bernstein award for excellence in educational programming, and his Chinese New Year Program was given the MET LIFE award for community outreach. Demonstrating his commitment to education, he has appeared with the National Youth Orcehstra of New Zealand, the Music Academy of the West, the National Orchestral Institute, the Festival-Institute at Round Top, and the Mannes Conservatory Orchestra. Mr. Outwater has served as music director of the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony, and has been on the faculties of the University of Tulsa, the Idyllwild Arts Academy, and the University of California, Santa Barbara.

A native of Santa Monica, California, Edwin Outwater attended Harvard University, graduating cum laude in 1993 with a degree in English literature. While at Harvard, he was music director of the Bach Society Orchestra, the Harvard Din and Tonics (an acclaimed a cappella group), and wrote the music for the 145th annual production of the Hasty Pudding Theatricals. He received his master’s degree in conducting from UC Santa Barbara, where he studied with Heiichiro Ohyama, and Paul Polivinick. He also studied music theory and composition with John Stewart, Joel Feigin, and Leonard Stein.

Christine Bailey Davis is the principal flutist of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, a position she has held since June 1995. She has also performed as guest principal flute with the Erie Philharmonic and guest assistant principal flute with the St. Louis Symphony.

Ms. Bailey Davis has performed around the Buffalo area as a soloist and ensemble player since she was eleven years old. After soloing with the BPO on two daytime youth concerts in 1990, she made her professional debut in 1992, at age 18, soloing with the New York City chamber orchestra Philharmonia Virtuosi at Artpark, in Lewiston, NY. She has also soloed with Ars Nova Musicians, as part of their Viva Vivaldi Festival and Red Jacket concert series. After two performances of Carl Nielsen’s Concerto for Flute and Orchestra with the Buffalo Philharmonic in 1997, the Buffalo News called her playing “immaculately accurate, but with a winning, casual, often jaunty approach to phrasing, while extremely complex runs and ornamentations seemed artlessly simple, beguiling sculptures of sound.”

Christine Bailey Davis is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she was a student of Philadelphia Orchestra flutist Jeffrey Khaner and Cleveland Orchestra members Joshua Smith, Martha Aarons, and Mary Kay Fink. She has also studied with James Galway, Carol Wincenc, Keith Underwood, and Marina Piccinini.

Ms. Bailey Davis had the honor of performing Katherine Hoover’s Medieval Suite with the Cleveland Institute of Music Chamber Orchestra after being named winner of the school’s 1994 Spring Concerto Competition.

Christine resides in Buffalo with her husband Michael Davis and their two daughters. She would like to thank Chris and Angela Baranello and Montessori Friends, Will and Bonnie Botsford, Daniel Cassidy, Ida Christie, Dorothy Christner, Paul and Karen Ferington, L. Marcia Honsberger, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Swing, and Trinity Episcopal Church of Hamburg, NY.

Thomas Robertello has been a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra and National Symphony. He has also been a guest flutist with the San Francisco Symphony, New York Philharmonic, and Houston Grand Opera. He is currently on the faculty of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and has also served on the faculties of Carnegie Mellon University and the Cleveland Institute of Music. He has performed as soloist at Pacific Music Festival, Nara Festival, Grand Teton Music Festival, Brevard Music Center, Sarasota Music Festival, Kirishima Festival, Summer Music Academy Halkidiki Greece, and Londrina Festival Brazil. His art gallery in Chicago’s West Loop has garnered critical acclaim – see

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