JUNO Award-winning composer Jocelyn Morlock worked with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra as their first female Composer-in-Residence (2014-2019), after completing her term (2012-2014) as inaugural Composer-in-Residence for Vancouver’s Music on Main, co-host of ISCM World New Music Days 2017.
Morlock’s international career was launched at the 1999 International Society for Contemporary Music’s World Music Days with Romanian performances of her quartet Bird in the Tangled Sky. Since then, she has been the composer of record for several significant music competitions, including the 2008 Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition and the 2005 Montreal International Music Competition. She had an unusually successful 2018, winning a JUNO for Classical Composition of the Year; the Western Canadian Music Award for Classical Composer of the Year; the Jan V. Matejcek New Classical Music Award (SOCAN); and the Barbara Pentland Award for Outstanding Contributions to Canadian Music (Canadian Music Centre).
Morlock won the 2018 JUNO for her piece My Name is Amanda Todd – an elegy for and celebration of the life of Amanda Todd, a young woman whose message of hope, empathy, and tolerance has since caused a worldwide groundswell of support and awareness of bullying, cyber abuse and internet safety; she believes in the proliferation of positive energy that a large group of people can create together through many small actions. Jocelyn Morlock endeavors to write music that is very personal, and that draws on her own life experiences. As a listener and music educator, she has a broad-ranging interest in all kinds and styles of music and is very grateful to be living in a time and place where we can hear so many diverse voices express their identity in music. Jocelyn Morlock’s music is inspired by birds, insomnia, nature, fear, other people’s music, nocturnal wandering thoughts, lucid dreaming, or a peculiar combination thereof.