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23 hours ago

Happy to announce that I'm a semi-finalist in two divisions of the American Prize for composition this year! In the opera/theater division, for TEST PILOT, and the instrumental chamber music division, for TEST PILOT SUITE. 馃檪

Here's the last movement from the suite, called "Conditions for Flying." The opening section was based on the idea of gravity and lift-off. It gets really humming around 2:35, when the music is based on wind speed. Happy Listening!

Test Pilot Suite (four movements for string quartet) is taken from Jocelyn Hagen's dance opera collaboration with choreographer Penelope Freeh: TEST PILOT. "...

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2 days ago

This work for SSA voices features a text honoring the Virgin Mary ~ appropriate for this time of year. This hymn is rumored to be her favorite, by testimony of those who repeatedly see her in visions.

"O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary. Amen."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAtri2fkZAM

Composed for a trio of voices, or SSA Women's Choir, and sung by Shanta R. Hejmadi, Carrie Henneman Shaw and Clara Osowski.

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6 days ago

A few years ago I was commissioned by composer Dan Kantor to arrange his famous work "Night of Silence" for The Singers. It was an amazing experience ~ such a timely and thoughtful work that focuses on the season of advent. We created this wonderful informational video to go along with the video performance.

The text by Dan Kantor is really quite incredible, and may have special meaning for you today. It's a great reminder that we must embrace the darkness before the light.

"Cold are the people, winter of life
We tremble in shadows this cold endless night
Frozen in the snow lie roses sleeping
Flowers that will echo the sunrise
Fire of hope is our only warmth
Weary its flame will be dying soon."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vr4HA31HAIE&list=PLAfR3771Kg5Zua2iEf2vXLVKMF1u2Jth3

Dan Kantor, Jocelyn Hagen and conductor; Matthew Culloton discuss the new arrangement of Dan Kantor's "Night of Silence" by Jocelyn Hagen. The Singers-MCA en...

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1 week ago

Choral conductors appreciate and seek out 'fresh' versions of classic, traditional, or historic December melodies such as the ancient "Veni Emmanuel" chant. This concert setting of "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" by Jocelyn Hagen is both mysterious and vibrant. The first two verses have overlapping fragments of the melody, initially by chorus then by soloists over a lush choral background, leading into a resounding "rejoice!" refrain. As the composer explains: "The true climax occurs in m. 64, when the choir unites in homophonic texture to sing "O come, Desire of nations, bind all peoples in one heart and mind; Bid envy, strife and discord cease; fill the whole world with heaven's peace." The score ends with a gentle and very haunting, breathless close. A personal favorite Advent score of mine! The Singers - Minnesota Choral Artists present Jocelyn's score here.

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1 week ago

When I was 25 I was one of the winners of the VocalEssence Welcome Christmas carol contest with this piece "See Amid the Winter Snow." Still one of my favorites to listen to during the holidays ~ and it features the incredible cellist Tony Ross, of the Minnesota Orchestra. 馃檪

"See Amid the Winter Snow" (SSATBB, mezzo soprano solo, and solo cello) was a winner of the 2005 Welcome Christmas Carol Competition. VocalEssence, under the...

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1 week ago

Doing some holiday decorating or baking today? Want something new to listen to? Check out my holiday playlist featuring incredible performances by The Singers, VocalEssence, the Madison Choral Project, and more!

This is the premiere performance of "I Saw Three Ships" by Jocelyn Hagen, performed by The Singers, under the direction of Matthew Culloton. The PDF score is...

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1 week ago

Still one of my favorite pieces, and my first commission by a professional ensemble! Hard to believe it was premiered over 10 years ago...

One of Graphite's very first publications was this stunning arrangement of "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" by co-founder Jocelyn Hagen. This piece, commissioned by The Singers, under the direction of Matthew Culloton, will be performed again this year in the Twin Cities during their "What Sweeter Music" holiday concerts. (Link to the performance information in the comments!)

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2 weeks ago

Here's a sneak peak of "From Heaven Above to Earth I Come," which is premiering this weekend at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. It was exciting to collaborate with Michael Dennis Browne for the first time. 馃檪 This is a video excerpt of the second verse:

"You came to lead us all to You
Who lay upon the simple straw
With creatures breathing by Your side;
You came to lead us all to You."

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2 weeks ago

I couldn't be more thrilled that "HOW TO SURVIVE WINTER" has been chosen by three top-notch female conductors for performances this December!

Hilary Apfelstadt & the Women's Chamber Choir (Canadian premiere!) Sunday December 3, 2:30pm, MacMillan Theatre, University of Toronto

Sandra Snow & the Michigan State University Women's Chamber Ensemble, Sunday December 3, 7pm, Fairchild Auditorium, Michigan State University

Elizabeth Nunez & So Harmoniums, Tuesday December 19, 8pm, Merkin Concert Hall, New York City

"HOW TO SURVIVE WINTER" was commissioned by The Women's Chorus of Dallas under the direction of Melinda Imthurn. It is comprised of four movements for SSAA choir and string quartet, and features the incredible poetry of Minnesota poet Julia Klatt Singer.

II. Wrap Your Body in Darkness

Put on an old hat and mittens.
Wrap your body in darkness. Carry
the weight of night on your shoulders.

Bare yourself
like these winter trees.

Let beauty fall to your feet, let wind
shake you, let your bones swallow
the chill of this evening鈥檚 air.

Nothing, not even winter,
can tame
your wild bird of a heart.

Empowering and insightful extended work for treble choir and string quartet.

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2 weeks ago

Beautiful way to start the day. 馃槉

Con gran emoci贸n compartimos con ustedes nuestro primer videoclip. 隆As铆 le damos la bienvenida a la Navidad!

Producci贸n: Marysela Zamora
Director: Fabian Javier Zamora Bola帽os
Direcci贸n videoclip: Adri谩n Castro Baeza
Locaci贸n: Irib贸 School

Laus Deo Corporation-F谩brica de Historias
Noviembre 2017

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2 weeks ago

I am so thankful to all the people around the world who decide to perform my music. Who spend hours practicing the notes I have written and pondering the texts that I have set.

My art could not live without performers. THANK YOU.

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3 weeks ago

Collaborative composing in the Hagen/Takach household was not smooth sailing this morning. And of course it had nothing to do with composing either, or our work. It started off as a playful (at least so I thought) exchange about the lingering toilet brush in the bathroom and the need to get the toilets clean before our Thanksgiving guests arrive later today. It was really not a huge deal, but it turned into one, which is pretty typical in our household disagreements.

It dawned on me, after the argument was over (and we had said what we had needed to say) that most of our arguments don't actually revolve around the faults of the other person in the relationship, but actually on our own insecurities about those faults.

I gave Tim a hard time this morning. I admit it. But I didn't think I gave him TOO hard a time. I seriously thought it was a bit playful. But he took it hard. Whoops. He retreated to the basement to work. I continued my own work upstairs and continued to get more and more worked up, because he had given me a hard time for giving him a hard time. And in my head, wasn't this really about the fact that I had asked him to do something and put something away? That I had ... See more

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3 weeks ago

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3 weeks ago

A great read for all creators. Things to keep in mind always. I've struggled with this over the years...I think I'm finally over it now, though!

You鈥檙e a music creator and you want to put your best work forward. Naturally! You鈥檙e thinking about distributing your music and you want it to be perfect. But perfection in music is dangerous鈥 Striving to do your best and always push the envelope is great. It鈥檚 the force that motivates you to keep g...

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3 weeks ago

Read about my latest collaboration with composer (and husband!) Timothy C. Takach: THIS IS HOW YOU LOVE ~ for The Esoterics in Seattle (Eric Banks, conductor)

The Esoterics Eric Banks

Growing up as an only child in rural North Dakota encouraged a lot of creative, solitary play. It's definitely a contributing factor to my journey becoming a composer. Most of my compositional work today continues to be solitary, but every once in a while I am thrust into a collaborative situation i...

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4 weeks ago

NATS art song competition deadline is two weeks away! Submit your art songs!! 馃檪

Art Song Composition Award entry deadline is two weeks away!
Entry deadline for the NATS 2018 Art Song Composition Award is Friday, December 1, 2017. The annual composition contest fosters the collaborative energy of vocalists and composers, with prizes generously sponsored by composer Lori Laitman (pictured, left, with David Conte, 2016 Art Song Composition winner).
Share this post and notify your composer colleagues and encourage them to apply for the NATS Art Song Composition Award. https://www.nats.org/art-song-composition.html

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4 weeks ago

My friend Miko emailed me today letting me know that she played my Etude in C as an encore to her performances with Orchestra Iowa! And that the crowd loved it! Perfect way to start my day! 馃檪

This short little etude was composed in the summer of 2012 for "Pianos on Parade" by Keys 4/4 Kids in Minnesota, and premiered by Miko Kominami in September ...

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1 month ago

On Saturday I traveled down to my alma mater St. Olaf College to hear a performance of "Salute," with the Norseman Band and my former composition teacher Dr. Timothy Mahr conducting. Such a joy! I hadn't heard it performed in years! It was commissioned by the 188th Army Band of North Dakota (David Stordalen, conductor) in 2012. It has since been revised a bit, and will soon be available for other bands to perform.

THANK YOU, NORSEMAN!!!

Performed by the Norseman Band of St. Olaf College Dr. Timothy Mahr, conductor November 11, 2017

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1 month ago

In honor of all the veterans today, especially my grandfather Louis Theodore Hagen. He received the distinguished flying cross when he returned home from WWII. In 2013 I composed this piece for string quartet called "Zero," as part of TEST PILOT, my dance opera collaboration with choreographer Penelope Freeh.

If you listen closely you'll hear two famous songs I quoted. You'll also hear an aerial battle and a march.

Thank you, veterans, for your service to our country.

TEST PILOT SUITE (4 movements for string quartet) is taken from Jocelyn Hagen's dance opera collaboration with choreographer Penelope Freeh, called TEST PILO...

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1 month ago

Working on an arrangement of this choral work for Concert Band right now ~ commissioned by the Midwest District of Kappa Kappa Psi to premiere this spring. SUPER FUN. I love listening to it and imagining all the different colors available to me.

Sanctus "Sanctus" is the 10th movement from Jocelyn Hagen's large work entitled AMASS. This video was recorded on February 12, 2011, at First Lutheran Church...

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