Featured Presenter: Jocelyn Hagen

Jocelyn HagenJocelyn Hagen (b.1980), a native of Valley City, North Dakota, composes music that has been described as “dramatic and deeply moving” (Star Tribune, Minneapolis/St. Paul). Her first forays into composition were via songwriting, and this is very evident in her work. The majority of her compositional output is for voice: solo, chamber and choral. In 2012 she collaborated with choreographer Penelope Freeh to create Slippery Fish, a quartet for 2 dancers, soprano and viola, and the piece was reviewed as "completely original in all respects." (Star Tribune, Minneapolis/St. Paul). Currently she is Artist-in-Residence at the North Dakota State University School of Music, where she teaches, writes curriculum and brings in collaborators to perform her work.

Jocelyn is a two-time winner of prestigious McKnight Fellowships in 2010 and 2014. She has also received grants and awards from ASCAP, the American Composers Forum, Minnesota Music Educators Association, the Jerome Foundation, VocalEssence, the Young New Yorkers Chorus, the Yale Glee Club, the Lotte Lehman Foundation, the Sorel Medallion Competition, the Cincinnati Camerata, the University of Minnesota, the San Francisco Song Festival, and The American Prize. Her commissions include Conspirare, the American Choral Directors Association, Texas, Georgia and Connecticut Choral Directors Associations, the North Dakota Music Teacher’s Association, The Singers – Minnesota Choral Artists, The Women's Chorus of Dallas, Trio Callisto, the Murasaki Duo, Cantus, the Houston Chamber Choir, the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, the St. Olaf Band, NDSU Gold Star Band, the ND Army Band, and the Boston Brass. Her music is available through her website, independently published, as well as through Graphite Publishing, G. Schirmer, Santa Barbara Music Publishing and Boosey and Hawkes.


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