reviews & quotes

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 commissions. As a conductor, I have found no other composer more collaborative in the creation of a work. Jocelyn was interested in my thoughts, wanted to hear about the rehearsal process, and even joined us in residency! She was engaging and encouraging each time she worked with the musicians. Her talent as a composer, high expectations for performance, and warm personality are blended with her energy and excitement to help draw the performers into her work.

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

upcoming events

Jan
28
Sat
2023
7:30 pm ‘Here I Am’ World Premiere @ Catalina Foothills High School
‘Here I Am’ World Premiere @ Catalina Foothills High School
Jan 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
'Here I Am' World Premiere @ Catalina Foothills High School | Tucson | Arizona | United States
Jocelyn Hagen, Susanna Phillips & Mozart: Here I Am Presented by True Concord in partnership with Tucson Desert Song Festival True Concord Choir and Soloists, Orchestra, Tucson Girls Chorus, Marcela Molina director Learn more here.
Jan
29
Sun
2023
3:00 pm ‘Here I Am’ World Premiere @ Catalina Foothills High School
‘Here I Am’ World Premiere @ Catalina Foothills High School
Jan 29 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
'Here I Am' World Premiere @ Catalina Foothills High School | Tucson | Arizona | United States
Jocelyn Hagen, Susanna Phillips & Mozart: Here I Am Presented by True Concord in partnership with Tucson Desert Song Festival True Concord Choir and Soloists, Orchestra, Tucson Girls Chorus, Marcela Molina director Learn more here.
Feb
16
Thu
2023
12:00 pm Schubert Club Courtroom Concert:... @ Landmark Center
Schubert Club Courtroom Concert:... @ Landmark Center
Feb 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Schubert Club Courtroom Concert: The Music of Jocelyn Hagen @ Landmark Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States
Hosted by composer Abbie Betinis, the Schubert Club‘s popular Courtroom Concert takes place in the Landmark Center in downtown Saint Paul, MN. This series features accomplished musicians and composers from the Twin Cities and surrounding[...]
Feb
28
Tue
2023
7:00 pm Emily Marvosh of True Concord Si... @ The Century Room, Hotel Congress
Emily Marvosh of True Concord Si... @ The Century Room, Hotel Congress
Feb 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Emily Marvosh of True Concord Sings "love. songs" @ The Century Room, Hotel Congress
Contralto Emily Marvosh takes you on an intriguing journey with a thoughtfully selected mix of old and new works. Featuring love. songs, a cycle by Jocelyn Hagen that illuminates some of the many aspects of[...]
Mar
5
Sun
2023
7:30 pm Ashes of Roses @ Church of Our Lady of Loretto Saint Mary’s College
Ashes of Roses @ Church of Our Lady of Loretto Saint Mary’s College
Mar 5 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Ashes of Roses @ Church of Our Lady of Loretto Saint Mary’s College | South Bend | Indiana | United States
South Bend Chamber Singers concert featuring: A Requiem by Jocelyn Hagen with works by Morten Lauridsen and other composers with special guests Saint Mary’s College Belles Voix   This concert will feature the world premiere[...]
Mar
9
Thu
2023
7:30 pm MN Opera’s The Song Poet @ Luminary Arts Center
MN Opera’s The Song Poet @ Luminary Arts Center
Mar 9 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
MN Opera's The Song Poet @ Luminary Arts Center
MARCH 9–26, 2023 MUSIC BY JOCELYN HAGEN LIBRETTO BY KAO KALIA YANG  A father’s love, a family’s journey. The first Hmong story adapted for the operatic stage, St. Paul writer Kao Kalia Yang’s memoir The Song[...]
Mar
11
Sat
2023
7:30 pm MN Opera’s The Song Poet @ Luminary Arts Center
MN Opera’s The Song Poet @ Luminary Arts Center
Mar 11 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
MN Opera's The Song Poet @ Luminary Arts Center
MARCH 9–26, 2023 MUSIC BY JOCELYN HAGEN LIBRETTO BY KAO KALIA YANG  A father’s love, a family’s journey. The first Hmong story adapted for the operatic stage, St. Paul writer Kao Kalia Yang’s memoir The Song[...]
Mar
12
Sun
2023
2:00 pm MN Opera’s The Song Poet @ Luminary Arts Center
MN Opera’s The Song Poet @ Luminary Arts Center
Mar 12 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
MN Opera's The Song Poet @ Luminary Arts Center
MARCH 9–26, 2023 MUSIC BY JOCELYN HAGEN LIBRETTO BY KAO KALIA YANG  A father’s love, a family’s journey. The first Hmong story adapted for the operatic stage, St. Paul writer Kao Kalia Yang’s memoir The Song[...]
Mar
16
Thu
2023
7:30 pm MN Opera’s The Song Poet @ Luminary Arts Center
MN Opera’s The Song Poet @ Luminary Arts Center
Mar 16 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
MN Opera's The Song Poet @ Luminary Arts Center
MARCH 9–26, 2023 MUSIC BY JOCELYN HAGEN LIBRETTO BY KAO KALIA YANG  A father’s love, a family’s journey. The first Hmong story adapted for the operatic stage, St. Paul writer Kao Kalia Yang’s memoir The Song[...]
Mar
18
Sat
2023
7:30 pm MN Opera’s The Song Poet @ Luminary Arts Center
MN Opera’s The Song Poet @ Luminary Arts Center
Mar 18 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
MN Opera's The Song Poet @ Luminary Arts Center
MARCH 9–26, 2023 MUSIC BY JOCELYN HAGEN LIBRETTO BY KAO KALIA YANG  A father’s love, a family’s journey. The first Hmong story adapted for the operatic stage, St. Paul writer Kao Kalia Yang’s memoir The Song[...]

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