Jocelyn Hagen to be Artist/Lecturer at NDSU Music

Jocelyn HagenSeptember 19, 2013

The North Dakota State University Challey School of Music is pleased to announce the appointment of composer Jocelyn Hagen to the faculty as a visiting Artist/Lecturer.  While at NDSU, she will teach composition, 21st Century Choral Music, and Music Entrepreneurship.

A Valley City, ND, native, Hagen composes music that has been described as “dramatic and deeply moving” by the Star Tribune in Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN.  Her music is melodically driven, boldly beautiful, and intricately crafted.  Since 2003, she has received over 40 commissions, 50 premieres, and 100 performances. 

“Jocelyn’s work entitled Swimming into Winter was commissioned last year as part of the inauguration of the NDSU Challey School of Music, and performed at the Ordway in St. Paul and at Festival Concert Hall” said John Miller, director, NDSU Division of Fine Arts.   “What a remarkably deft and affecting piece!  We are so fortunate to be able to continue to make use of her musical gifts in the coming year.”

In 2010 Hagen was awarded a McKnight Artist Fellowship.  She has also received grants and awards from ASCAP, the American Composers Forum, Minnesota Music Educators Association, VocelEssence, the Yale Glee Club, the Lotte Lehman Foundation, the Sorel Medallion Competition, the Cincinnati Camerata, the University of Minnesota, and the San Francisco Song Festival.  Her commissions include the American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota, the North Dakota Music Teacher’s Association, Cantus, and the NDSU Gold Star Band, to name a few.  Graphite Publishing, Santa Barbara Music Publishing, and Boosey and Hawkes publish her work.

Hagen holds degrees in Theory, Composition, and Vocal Music Education from St. Olaf College, as well as a masters degree in Composition from the University of Minnesota.  Her training also includes summer study at the European American Musical Alliance in Paris, France, where she studied with Philip Lasser of the Julliard Challey School of Music.  Other former teachers include Judith Lang Zaimont, Peter Hamlin, David Maslanka, Mary Ellen Childs, and Timothy Mahr.

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