Composer Jocelyn Hagen to Present Recital

Jocelyn Hagen MashupJanuary 17, 2014

Composer Jocelyn Hagen will present a recital of her works on Sunday, January 26 at 7:30 PM in NDSU’s Beckwith Recital Hall.  The recital is free and open to the public.  Hagen is a visiting artist/lecturer for the NDSU Challey School of Music.

Hagen’s recital is also a celebration of her new album titled Mash Up and will feature a piece composed of Ed Sheeran’s The A Team and Debussy’s Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum.  The recital will also feature love songs for baritone and duets from the upcoming opera Test Pilot. Guest artists include Kirsten Whitson, cello; Jean Marker De Vere, violin; and Timothy Takach, vocals, in addition to Challey School of Music students.

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. 

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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