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

Jul
21
Thu
2022
6:00 pm NATION at Texas Choral Directors... @ Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
NATION at Texas Choral Directors... @ Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
Jul 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm
NATION at Texas Choral Directors Association Summer Conference @ Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
NATION will be performing at the opening convocation for the Texas Choral Directors Association’s 67th annual summer convention. Learn more about NATION here and visit the full TCDA conference schedule by clicking the link above. [...]
Jul
24
Sun
2022
5:00 pm “Caminante” premieres with the S... @ Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi
“Caminante” premieres with the S... @ Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi
Jul 24 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
“Caminante” premieres with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale @ Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi
Mystics and Mavericks: Celebrating female sages and innovators both ancient and modern Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Joshua Habermann, Artistic Director   World premiere of Caminante with poetry by Antonio Machado & Julia Klatt Singer  [...]
Jul
26
Tue
2022
all-day Insights and Sounds Symposium @ Acequia Madre House
Insights and Sounds Symposium @ Acequia Madre House
Jul 26 all-day
Insights and Sounds Symposium @ Acequia Madre House
The Santa Fe Desert Chorale’s Insights & Sounds community engagement program is back, in person and bigger than ever! Join them for a day full of interdisciplinary dialogue through the lens of choral music.  The[...]
Jul
27
Wed
2022
8:30 pm “Caminante” premieres with the S... @ Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi
“Caminante” premieres with the S... @ Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi
Jul 27 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
“Caminante” premieres with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale @ Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi
Mystics and Mavericks: Celebrating female sages and innovators both ancient and modern Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Joshua Habermann, Artistic Director   World premiere of Caminante with poetry by Antonio Machado & Julia Klatt Singer  [...]
Jul
30
Sat
2022
8:30 pm “Caminante” premieres with the S... @ Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi
“Caminante” premieres with the S... @ Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi
Jul 30 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
“Caminante” premieres with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale @ Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi
Mystics and Mavericks: Celebrating female sages and innovators both ancient and modern Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Joshua Habermann, Artistic Director   World premiere of Caminante with poetry by Antonio Machado & Julia Klatt Singer  [...]
Jul
31
Sun
2022
2:30 pm The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
Jul 31 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
Quintessence Choral Artists of the Southwest, conducted by Matthew Greer The 10th Annual Quintessence Summer Choral Festival features the New Mexico Premier of Jocelyn Hagen’s The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci. Learn more about the festival[...]
Aug
5
Fri
2022
8:30 pm “Caminante” premieres with the S... @ Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi
“Caminante” premieres with the S... @ Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi
Aug 5 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
“Caminante” premieres with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale @ Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi
Mystics and Mavericks: Celebrating female sages and innovators both ancient and modern Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Joshua Habermann, Artistic Director   World premiere of Caminante with poetry by Antonio Machado & Julia Klatt Singer  [...]
Jan
27
Fri
2023
8:00 pm ‘Here I Am’ World Premiere @ Valley Presbyterian Church
‘Here I Am’ World Premiere @ Valley Presbyterian Church
Jan 27 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
'Here I Am' World Premiere @ Valley Presbyterian Church
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
28
Sat
2023
8:30 pm ‘Here I Am’ World Premiere @ Catalina Foothills High School
‘Here I Am’ World Premiere @ Catalina Foothills High School
Jan 28 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 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
4:00 pm ‘Here I Am’ World Premiere @ Catalina Foothills High School
‘Here I Am’ World Premiere @ Catalina Foothills High School
Jan 29 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 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.

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