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2 days ago

This was posted on a friend's wall today and I just had to share.

Yep ~ never quite satisfied. It's true and feels silly all at the same time.

Words by Martha Graham as told to Agnes DeMille.

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1 week ago

Great opportunity for composers who identify as women!
If you haven't written for band yet, this is a great excuse!

For more information about the Call for Scores and logistics of the competition, scroll below or email Shannon Shaker at sshaker@asu.edu . To submit to the competition, click here . For more...

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1 week ago

Alex Ross deserves an extra hug today.

"As the nation contends with its racist and misogynist demons, New York’s leading musical institutions give us canonical pieces by white males, conducted by white males, directed by white males."

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/10/16/the-met-and-the-philharmonic-look-backward

A conservative start to New York’s fall music season, with “Norma” and Mahler.

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1 week ago

Did you know that I give away brand new music for musicians around the world to premiere through Patreon? This is the second time I have done so, and I couldn't be more excited to give this gift to my incredible patrons.

A few weeks ago I found an incredible Christmas text by Florence Hynes Willette. I knew I must set it to music.

Normally my schedule is completely booked, and doesn't allow me to write music on a whim, but because of Patreon, I knew that I had a platform in which I could do just that! So I sat down and wrote this little gem: "Let Your Heart Speak Music."

My supporters on Patron now have the rights to give the premiere performances of this work ~ this season! The PDF is on my site, ready for download, and they can download and print it for rehearsal this week if they'd like. Isn't that amazing?

And...you could be one of these patrons. You could have this piece too! Check out my page. If it sounds like a sweet deal to you, I'd love to have you join.

https://www.patreon.com/JocelynHagen

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1 week ago

One of my tasks today was to write a program note for my new work "From Heaven Above to Earth I Come," which will be premiered this December at Carthage College during their Christmas Festival. I thought you'd enjoy the quick read. 🙂

I will never forget the first time I sang in the St. Olaf Christmas Festival when I was 18 years old. It was a beautiful and overwhelming experience for me. I can still close my eyes and remember standing next to my fellow Manitou Singers, surrounding the audience, singing "My Song in the Night" by Paul Christianson, my eyes filling with tears. It continues to be one of my most cherished musical memories.
When composing "From Heaven Above to Earth I Come," I wanted to capture all of my favorite elements of the Christmas Festival experience: a lyrical and endearing melody, rich harmonies, elegant and meaningful text (thanks to poet Michael Dennis Browne), and an extraordinary, breathtaking climax. The music is meant to be emotional, to take your breath away, and evoke a sense of awe. This is the power of the incredible Lutheran Christmas Festival tradition of which I am so honored to be a part of.

The St. Olaf Christmas Festival is one of the oldest musical celebrations of Christmas in the United States. Started in 1912 by F. Melius Christiansen, founder of the St. Olaf College Music Department, the festival features more than 500 student musicians who are members of five choirs and the St. O...

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1 week ago

Something beautiful to start your day. 🙂

Enjoy an exclusive clip from the part reverent Van Gogh biopic, part noir-ish thriller "Loving Vincent." Each of the film's 65,000 frames is a canvas oil painting hand-painted by one of a team of 115 artists. Clint Mansell ("Requiem for a Dream," "Black Swan") provides the stylish score. Read more: http://bit.ly/2xgKzbw

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1 week ago

Worth reading.
Awareness is key. Now that you know ~ what can you do to help change it? I'm motivated to keep putting myself out there.

Being a New Englander means I cross state lines a lot. MA, CT, RI, VT, NH, even NY are all “here.” So I get notices and publicity…

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2 weeks ago

This girl could not get enough Wilson Philips growing up. That's why I'm so excited to see groups like Haim and Joseph making it big today. Sister Power!!! Awesome!

New album 'Something To Tell You' available now: http://haim.lnk.to/stty Director: Paul Thomas Anderson Producers: Sara Murphy, Erica Frauman Editor: Dylan T...

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2 weeks ago

INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNITY FOR COMPOSERS, PERFORMERS, & CONDUCTORS!
(And I've worked with Kent Tritle ~ he's fantastic!)

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2 weeks ago

Such a great read this morning ~ and interesting insight for all creative people, especially moms.

I love that this article used words like inventive, dauntless, resourceful, direct, and lethal in the descriptions of women (and rats) who become mothers. Yes, I feel like this is what happened to me. After the birth of my first son I became so much more efficient! And my writing flourished! (love.songs, my song cycle for baritone and piano, was written in the 3 months after he was born.)

"In this period of extreme pressure, when mothers are going through massive changes in their bodies, diets, and hormones, that is when creativity should emerge as a highly adaptive reasoning process.”

This quote really struck me as well. After my second son was born, I became a lot more stressed out ~ taking care of 2 little ones, mostly on my own (my husband was a touring musician) and a career that was really starting to take off. I had just won a grant with choreographer Penelope Freeh, who I had adored for years, and was about to embark on first dance piece ~ a collaboration with her.

And I was totally stumped. I had no idea what to do. I remember not sleeping at all the night before our ... See more

Cultural messages tell women that making art and having children are incompatible pursuits. But science suggests that women may become more creative after having kids.

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2 weeks ago

The joining of hands and voices in song has the ability to cross cultural boundaries and speak louder than words.

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3 weeks ago

Great info for composers ~ especially those who self publish.

Copyright Protection | Ask the Alliance | Since copyright protection is automatic from the moment a work is created, registration is not required.

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3 weeks ago

Ready to make a statement of unity and peace? Check out my work "Hands," commissioned for the World Choral Symposium. This gorgeous work for SATB a cappella choir & soloists is now available at Graphite Publishing.

I was, and that was my goal when I created "Hands," for SATB a cappella choir and 2 soloists. And I was able to accomplish this goal without singing any words at all. "Hands" is a vocalise that incorporates a small amount of movement for the singers, creating a genuinely stirring and emotional perfo...

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3 weeks ago

My email inbox was a treasure trove today! mp3s from the performance of SONGS FOR MUSKA by Conspirare (from May) and a performance notification that "In the dreamed of places," the first song from my cycle KISS, will be performed in Brazil this October! 🙂 Yippee!

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1 month ago

I could NOT be more thrilled to share this with you all!!! Nation, my band with fellow composer Timothy C. Takach, has produced our first music video!

Darwin Black, dancer
Penelope Anne Freeh, choreographer
Eve Schulte, production manager
Jud Nichols, video design

WE DID IT! Nation officially created its first music video!

Brought to you by Jocelyn Hagen's supporters on Patreon.

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1 month ago

Want to donate to the musicians affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma? MusiCares is helping out by providing assistance with food, shelter, instrument and recording equipment replacement and more. Making my donation NOW.

As the world's leading society of music professionals, the Recording Academy is dedicated to celebrating, honoring, and sustaining music's past, present, and future.

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1 month ago

COMPOSERS! I was just informed of this amazing service and it's super helpful when looking to secure rights for setting texts. It's called the Copyright Clearance Center, and you should check this website before you start your journey on securing rights for a text. I'm hoping this saves me hours of work in the future. www.copyright.com

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1 month ago

Staying up late ~ putting together packets of free sacred music to send to conductors. Want one?

FREE MUSIC! We're putting together packets of sacred choral music for conductors. Want one? Like the page. Send us a message with your mailing address. BOOM. WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!!!

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1 month ago

"Starting Now" is starting now! The women of the Ohio State University Women's Glee Club have picked a FIERCE text for their commission this year. The sketches have begun...

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1 month ago

Last fall I wrote this vocalise called "Hands," for the World Choral Symposium. The International Federation of Choral Music asked me to write a piece based on their theme "The Colors of Peace." Last week I finally sat down and wrote a statement about the work, and why I composed it the way I did.
(Also, it's now up on soundcloud!)

ABOUT "HANDS"

In 2016 I was honored to receive a commission from the International Federation of Choral Music for a performance at the World Choral Symposium in Barcelona in July of 2017. The theme for the symposium was “The Colors of Peace,” and I was tasked with creating a new work based that theme, to be sung by the Vocal Art Ensemble of Sweden (Jan Yngwe, conductor).
It was an incredibly exciting commission, but I must admit that I was stuck right at the gate. The first thing I do when beginning a new piece of vocal music is pick a text. But what text could I choose that would represent all the musicians attending the conference? Most of the attendees would be speaking English, but for some reason choosing a text in English didn’t feel right to me. It felt too limited.
I was pondering this while in Chicago attending a different conference. ... See more

The joining of hands and voices in song has the ability to cross cultural boundaries and speak louder than words. This performance of "Hands" is taken from a performance at the World Choral Symposium

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