New Art Song for Mezzo Soprano & Orchestra

The Sounds of Southwest Minnesota, a grant project written and spearheaded by mezzo-soprano Anna DeGraff, will feature the premieres of four new orchestral songs with texts by poets associated with Southwest Minnesota State University.

Commissioned as part of a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the university, composers Jocelyn Hagen, Peter Lothringer, Jesse A. Lee, and Daniel Rieppel will have their new works premiered by the Southwest Minnesota Orchestra in April, 2018.  DeGraff will appear as soloist for the works, and the Meadowlark String Quartet will appear as featured artists.

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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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