Native American Student Composers to Perform at Crazy Horse Memorial

Custer, SD – The Black Hills will echo with the sound of American Indian classical music, September 9th and 10th, at 11:30, 1:30 AND 3:00, as six Native American students perform their musical compositions, accompanied by musicians from the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra. The Dakota Wind Quintet will be playing at Crazy Horse Memorial on Saturday and the Dakota String Quartet will be featured on Sunday. The public is invited, and the concerts are FREE with admission to Crazy Horse Memorial.

The young musicians have been mentored by Emmy Award winning Chickasaw composer, Jerod Impichaachaaha’Tate, who is dedicated to the development of American Indian classical composition. When asked about the students enrolled in the Music Academy, Tate said, “They were a truly amazing, fantastic, and dedicated group of young people.” The Native American musicians, include Manuelito and Alexander Trujillo from the Rosebud Nation; Zip Fast Wolf, Maya Baca, and Baylie Her Many Horses from the Oglala Lakota Nation; and Carl Petersen of the Cheyenne River Nation.

These young Native American students are part of the Music Academy recently held August 13th through August 19th at Crazy Horse Memorial©, an ongoing collaborative effort between the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and the Lakota community.

During the Academy, held on the campus of the Indian University of North America® at Crazy Horse Memorial©, the students studied music theory with Tate and created six compositions for the string quartet and the wind quintet of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra. The beautiful result was original Indian classical music, created in the shadow of the iconic Memorial nestled in the majestic and sacred Black Hills of South Dakota.

Tate was supported by Assistant Professor Paul Lombardi of the University of South Dakota. Lombardi commented, “This project is in fulfillment of the education mission of the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation which provides educational experiences to support Native youth and propel them to academic success in partnership with the University of South Dakota. This has been a wonderful collaborative opportunity for the students and musicians and will be a rare opportunity for the community as well.

About Crazy Horse Memorial

Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation’s mission is to honor, protect, and preserve the culture, traditions, and living heritage of the Indians of North America. The Memorial fulfills its mission by continuing the progress on the world’s largest mountain sculpture, acting as a repository for Native American artifacts, arts and crafts through the INDIAN MUSEUM OF NORTH AMERICA® and the NATIVE AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL & CULTURAL CENTER®; by establishing and operating the INDIAN UNIVERSITY OF NORTH AMERICA®, and when practical, a medical training center for American Indians.

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