Clements High School Chorale Women have been selected to perform at the Southwestern Division of the American Choral Directors Association (SWACDA) conference in March 2020 in Little Rock, Arkansas.
In honor of this auspicious performance, Fort Bend ISD Department of Fine Arts has commissioned a work from nationally renowned composer Jocelyn Hagen. The work is entitled I Count It All Joy and is in memory of Heather Michelle Menzie, daughter of the Chorale Women’s conductor Janet Menzie. Heather Michelle Menzie (8/18/1991-5/13/2015) had two passions—the violin and research science. She was a second year doctoral student at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and her work continues to live on in the research being done and in the Heather Menzie Endowed Memorial Fund and the Heather Menzie Endowed Excellence Fund for FRI.
The composition, I Count It All Joy, is scored for SSA Chorus, violin, harp, and piano. The text, the music and the texture of the instruments beautifully weave a song that celebrates the life and work of Heather Michelle Menzie. The text chosen is 1 James 2-4 (NIV), selected for its emphasis on perseverance and joy amidst life’s trials.
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.
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.
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.
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