Jocelyn Morlock


Juno-nominated composer Jocelyn Morlock is one of Canada’s most distinctive voices. She began her term as the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s Composer in Residence on September 1, 2014, having just completed a term as the inaugural Composer in Residence for Vancouver’s Music on Main. “A lyrical wonder, exquisite writing” with “an acute feeling for sonority” and an approach that is “deftly idiomatic” (Vancouver Sun), Morlock’s music has received numerous accolades, including: Top 10 at the 2002 International Rostrum of Composers; Winner of the 2003 CMC Prairie Region Emerging Composers competition; winner of the Mayor’s Arts Awards Emerging Artist (2008); Juno Nomination for Classical Composition of the Year in 2011. Her first full-length CD release, Cobalt, was nominated for three Western Canadian Music Awards and won Classical Composition of the year in 2015.

Highlights of recent premieres include My Name is Amanda Todd for the NAC’s multi-media production Life, Reflected; Earthfall for the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra; Big Raven for the Emily Carr String Quartet’s tenth anniversary; Ornithomancy, a concerto for flutist Paolo Bortolussi and the Vancouver Island Symphony; Aeromancy, a double concerto for cellists Yegor Dyachkov and Yuri Hooker with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra at Paul Marleyn’s International Cello Festival of Canada; and Three Meditations on Light for the Couloir duo.

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Featured Works

Exaudi, for solo cello and chamber choir.

Exaudi explores a spectrum of emotional reactions to the words “exaudi orationem meam ad te omnis caro veniet.” As the music progresses, the cooler, ritualized aspects of the music are transformed into awe and terror, which gradually recede into something more calm. During the conclusion of the piece, which works like an extended coda, the cello solo becomes the main focus of the music. It is echoed and amplified by the sopranos, while the other voices have very simple chorale-like parts.

Featured in Canadian Waves (Special Edition June 2016)