Jocelyn Hagen (b.1980), a native of Valley City, North Dakota, composes music that has been described as "dramatic and deeply moving."
Jocelyn's 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 Challey School of Music, where she teaches, writes curriculum and brings in collaborators to perform her work.
Jocelyn was awarded prestigious McKnight Artist Fellowships in 2010 and 2014. Recent commissions include Conspirare, The Houston Chamber Choir, The Women's Chorus of Dallas, American Choral Directors Association, Texas, Georgia and Connecticut Choral Directors Associations, The Singers – Minnesota Choral Artists, and the Metropolitan Symphony. 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.
- 2003, B.M. Music Theory and Composition, St. Olaf College
- 2003, B.M. Vocal Music Education
- 2005, European American Musical Alliance Summer Program
- 2006, M.A. Music Composition, University of Minnesota
2014, McKnight Artist Fellowship
2014, Live Music for Dance Grant, American Composers Forum, for TEST PILOT, a dance opera based on flight
2013, Winner of the Young New Yorkers' Chorus Composition Competition for TREES NEED NOT WALK THE EARTH
2012, Next Step Grant, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, to record a CD of art songs
2011, Live Music for Dance Grant, American Composers Forum, to compose a work for choreographer Penny Freeh
2011, Recording Grant, Sorel Organization, to record AMASS
2010, McKnight Artist Fellowship
2010, Project Grant, Minnesota State Arts Board, to compose a work for the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra
2009, Encore Grant, American Composers Forum
2009, Jerome Grant, American Composers Forum and the Jerome Foundation, to compose a work for Trio Callisto
2009, "Conductor's Choice" in the Sorel Medallion Competition for "Benedictus"
2008, Subito Grant, American Composers Forum
2008, Honorable Mention in the Cincinnati Camerata Composition Competition for "Sanctus" and "Benedictus"
2005, Honorable Mention in the ASCAP/Lotte Lehmann Song Cycle Composition Competition for SONGS OF FIELDS AND PRAIRIES
2005, VocalEssence Welcome Christmas! Carol Contest Winner for "See Amid the Winter Snow"
2005, Yale Glee Club Emerging Composer Competition Winner for "Laus Trinitati"
2005, San Francisco Song Festival Composition Competition Winner for SONGS OF FIELDS AND PRAIRIES
2003, Honorable Mention in the ASCAP/Rudolph Nissim Competition for ASHES OF ROSES, a requiem for SATB choir, orchestra, and soloists
- North Dakota State Universy in Fargo, North Dakota (2013-current)
- The Singers - Minnesota Choral Artists (2004-14)
- St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota (2010-11)
- Shorter College in Rome, Georgia (2008-9)
- Valley City State University in Valley City, North Dakota (2006-7)
- St. Paul Central High School in St. Paul, Minnesota (2004-5)