grants & awards

2017, American Prize in Composition, Opera/Musical Theater division, 1st place, for Test Pilot

2016, Finalist, Calliope’s Call, for “Salve, Regina”

2016, Finalist, Sorel Medallion, for “Ophelia”

2015, Sage Award, “Best Overall Design” for Test Pilot

2015, American Prize in Composition, Choral Division, 3rd Place, for “Sanctus” from amass

2014, McKnight Artist Fellowship

2014, Boston Metro Opera International Contempo Festival, Director’s Choice Award, for Kiss

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 ~ Songs of Fields and Prairies

2011, Live Music for Dance Grant, American Composers Forum, to compose a work with choreographer Penny Freeh ~ Slippery Fish

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 ~ Solar

2009, Encore Grant, American Composers Forum

2009, Jerome Grant, American Composers Forum and the Jerome Foundation, to compose a work for Trio Callisto ~ Poem

2009, “Conductor’s Choice” in the Sorel Medallion Competition for “Benedictus” from amass

2008, Subito Grant, American Composers Forum

2008, Honorable Mention in the Cincinnati Camerata Composition Competition for “Sanctus” and “Benedictus” from amass

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

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More than just singable lyric lines…

Jocelyn’s music ties so beautifully with the text, which for singers, makes her music a reward and a clear way to connect emotionally to the message. Her pieces are more than just singable lyric lines; they invoke a desire to connect to the audience and be a part of a bigger experience for everyone.

David Walton, tenor

Jocelyn’s Music Sings

Jocelyn’s music sings. It is crafty and crafted but never difficult; lyrical and poignant yet never saccharin. Her musical lines flow as poetry in sound, as she guides the listener from one delight to the next.

Domonic DiOrio
Associate Professor of Music, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music | Director, NOTUS: IU Contemporary Vocal Ensemble

New Impressions of Texture and Color

Jocelyn’s music is filled with new impressions of texture and color. Individual lines melding together to create deep or expansive melodies. Our ensemble loved not only the rehearsal process, but found repeated performances to deepen our experience and expression of the music. I have had the great pleasure of working with Jocelyn on two different… Read more “New Impressions of Texture and Color”

Peter Haberman, Director of Bands
Concordia College, Moorhead

Jocelyn Hagen’s music celebrates the eternal spirit of the feminine

Jocelyn Hagen’s music celebrates the eternal spirit of the feminine, informed by soaring poetry and the indomitable courage of women. Her sense of place, time and the elements weave together a fabric of sound that inspires awe, joy, and the resilience so needed in today’s world.

Iris S. Levine, Founder and Artistic Director

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