Department ofMusic


Composer Jocelyn Hagen in residence at Santa Clara University

The Santa Clara University Department of Music is pleased to welcome composer Jocelyn Hagen, who is coming to Santa Clara for a week-long residency. 

From May 9 - 13, Ms. Hagen will work with music students in classes, and in a performance of her work as part of the Music@Noon series on Wednesday, May 11. The week culminates in the west-coast premiere of Ashes of Roses in the Mission Church on Friday, May 13 at 8pm, performed by the combined Santa Clara University Choirs, the Santa Clara Chorale, Symphony Silicon Valley, and guest and faculty artists including Nik Nackley, baritone and Kristen Strom, saxophone. Scot Hanna-Weir, director of choral activities at SCU and artistic director of the Santa Clara Chorale, will conduct the performance. The work will be performed alongside the Süssmayr completion of the MozartRequiem

Public Event Schedule:

Music@Noon Wednesday, May 11 | 12pm
Music Recital Hall

The composer writes: Self-promotion in the digital age
Thursday, May 12 | 12:10pm
MDF 119

Ashes of Roses [west-coast premiere] 
Friday, May 13 | 8pm
Mission Santa Clara
Tickets available from $5-$32


About the composer:

Jocelyn Hagen (b.1980), a native of Valley City, North Dakota, composes music that has been described as “dramatic and deeply moving” (Star Tribune, Minneapolis/St. Paul). Her first forays into composition were via songwriting, and this is very evident in her work. The majority of her compositional output is for voice: solo, chamber and choral. In 2012 she collaborated with choreographer Penelope Freeh to create “Slippery Fish,” a quartet for 2 dancers, soprano and viola, and the piece was reviewed as “completely original in all respects.” (Star Tribune, Minneapolis/St. Paul). Currently she is Artist-in-Residence at the North Dakota State University School of Music, where she teaches, writes curriculum and brings in collaborators to perform her work.

Jocelyn holds degrees in Theory, Composition, and Vocal Music Education from St. Olaf College, as well as a Masters degree in Composition from the University of Minnesota. As a performer, Jocelyn began piano lessons at the age of three and became a professional accompanist by the age of 15. In 2000 she won first place in the Klatzkin Contemporary Keyboard Competition at Arizona State University (Alexina Louie, “Music for Piano”), and in 2003 soloed with the St. Olaf Orchestra (Francis Poulenc, “Piano Concerto, first movement”). For several years she specialized in the performance of 20th and 21st century art song, performing and touring with soprano Jennifer Kult as the Linden Duo. Jocelyn has received grants and awards from ASCAP, the American Composers Forum, Minnesota Music Educators Association, the McKnight Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, VocalEssence, the Yale Glee Club, the Lotte Lehman Foundation, the Sorel Medallion Competition, the Cincinnati Camerata, the University of Minnesota, and the San Francisco Song Festival. Her commissions include the American Choral Directors Association, Texas, Georgia and Connecticut Choral Directors Associations, the North Dakota Music Teacher’s Association, The Singers – Minnesota Choral Artists, Trio Callisto, the Murasaki Duo, Cantus, the Houston Chamber Choir, the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, the St. Olaf Band, NDSU Gold Star Band, the ND Army Band, and the Copper Street Brass Quintet. Her music is independently published through her website as well as through Graphite Publishing, Santa Barbara Music Publishing, and Boosey and Hawkes.