Jocelyn's collaboration concert with choreographer Penelope Freeh received wonderful reviews, including "completely original in all respects" for the piece Slippery Fish. This video file is a sample from their opening duet, "Prelude." (camera and editing by Justin Schell, www.612to651.com)
Jocelyn receives a Next Step grant through the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council. This will allow her to professionally record and produce a 60-minute CD consisting of four song cycles. Soprano Linh Kauffman, tenor Gary Ruschman, and baritone Bradley Greenwald will be featured soloists.
Jocelyn's new band piece, Salute, is premiered by the 188th Army Band under the direction of Dave Stordalen in West Fargo, ND, and will continue to be played around the state of ND in a series of free concerts to help celebrate the band's 125th anniversary. See the calendar for more performances.
The Young New Yorker's Chorus is pleased to announce the finalists of its Ninth Competition for Young Composers. Jocelyn joins fellow composer Colin T. Britt and Joshua H. Fishbein in composing a new choral work for the ensemble, to be premiered in NYC in March 2013.
Jocelyn, Bill Holab of Bill Holab Music, and
Stephen Paulus and Eric Pearson of Paulus Pulbications sit on a panel
called "Self-publishing Your Music: Will it Work for Me?" as
part of the 2012
ChoralConnections convention in Minneapolis.
Jocelyn's "Laus Trinitati" for a cappella mixed choir is performed during the Chorus America National Conference by The Singers - Minnesota Choral Artists, under the direction of Matthew Culloton. Listen to it here! (forward to 5:48) Buy the score here.
Jocelyn was asked to contribute a piano piece to
the Free Piano Music Exchange - Leave Some, Take Some! book as
part of this summer's Pianos
on Parade project. Jocelyn wrote a short and sweet little Etude
in C Major, and you can play through it at any of the Pianos on
Parade locations this summer! (Including the State Fair!)
is currently composing a four movement cycle for mixed choir and wind
instruments, commissioned by a consortium of University Music Schools,
led by North Dakota State University. It will be premiered Tuesday,
March 12 at the Ordway Center in St. Paul.
is currently creating a consortium to commission a new song cycle for
soprano and piano utilizing the gorgeous poetry of Minneapolis poet Julia
Klatt Singer. The four movement cycle will be entitled
Kiss. If you are interested in being a part of this exciting opportunity,
please contact Jocelyn. Here is an excerpt from the third poem:
You are talking about music. The importance
of the adagio. The slow movement
of things. I cannot look at your
lips. Your mouth. For I would want you
to devour me.
This winter, Jocelyn is composing a work for women's choir and piano for Sorelle Cantanti, the Women's Choir at Muskego High School in Muskego, WI.
Jocelyn is currently composing a song cycle based on the words of several "lost boys" from Sudan. The piece, commissioned by baritone Tadd Sipes and entitled and then they were left, is scored for baritone, cello, and guitar, and will be premiered in September, 2012 at the Southern Theater.
Performer: Tadd Sipes
has been chosen by Zeitgeist for
their annual Composer Workshop sessions. Zeitgeist Composer Workshop
is a five-day workshop designed to give emerging composers the opportunity
to develop creative ideas and stretch their artistic boundaries in an
environment that celebrates exploration and experimentation. In the workshop,
the focus is not on the completion of a composition but rather on the
generation and development of ideas and the exploration of musical possibilities.
Each composer brings sketches of material to develop using Zeitgeist
as a "laboratory." The
workshop culminates in an informal performance, giving composers the
opportunity to receive feedback from audience members.
Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra This commission is made possible through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. The Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra will premiere Jocelyn's first piece for full orchestra, Solar, on October 7th, 2012, at 4:00 p.m., at Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis.
Director: William Schrickel
Penelope Freeh Choreographer Penelope Freeh and Jocelyn are in the midst of creating TWO exciting new collaborations: Slippery Fish, for 2 dancers, soprano & viola, and a prelude that they will be performing together. Both of these pieces will be premiered at their joint recital at the Southern Theatre, September 28-30.