Jocelyn Hagen

Jocelyn HagenVisiting Artist


  • M.A.. University of Minnesota
  • B.M., St. Olaf College

Jocelyn Hagen, 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). 

Jocelyn 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 Juilliard Challey School of Music. Other former teachers include Judith Lang Zaimont, Peter Hamlin, David Maslanka, Mary Ellen Childs, and Timothy Mahr. 

As a performer, Jocelyn began piano lessons at the age of three and became a professional accompanist by the age of 15. In 2000 she won first place in the Klatzkin Contemporary Keyboard Competition at Arizona State University (Alexina Louie, "Music for Piano"), and in 2003 soloed with the St. Olaf Orchestra (Francis Poulenc, "Piano Concerto, first movement"). For several years she specialized in the performance of 20th and 21st century art song, performing and touring with soprano Jennifer Kult as the Linden Duo. 

Jocelyn has received grants and awards from ASCAP, the American Composers Forum, Minnesota Music Educators Association, the McKnight Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, VocalEssence, 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, the North Dakota Music Teacher’s Association, The Singers – Minnesota Choral Artists, Trio Callisto, the Murasaki Duo, Cantus, the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, the St. Olaf Band, NDSU Gold StarBand, the ND Army Band, and the Copper Street Brass Quintet. Her music is available through her website, independently published, as well as through Graphite Publishing, Santa Barbara Music Publishing and Boosey and Hawkes.

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