Jocelyn Morlock

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Jocelyn Morlock
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Background information
Born (1969-12-14) December 14, 1969 (age 49)
St. Boniface, Manitoba, Canada
GenresClassical, contemporary classical
Years active1996-present

Jocelyn Morlock (born 14 December 1969 in St. Boniface, Manitoba[1]) is a Canadian composer based in Vancouver. She is noted for her numerous commissions and her award-winning recordings.[2] She was the composer-in-residence for Vancouver's Music on Main (2012-2014) and has been the composer-in-residence for the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra since 2014.[3] She is a member of the Canadian Music Centre.[4]

Life and career[edit]

Morlock studied piano with Robert Richardson and completed a Bachelor of Music in piano performance at Brandon University. She received both a Master’s degree and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of British Columbia, where her teachers included Gerhard Ginader, T. Patrick Carrabré, Stephen Chatman, Keith Hamel, and the late Russian-Canadian composer Nikolai Korndorf.[5]


Morlock's music exhibits a quirky and eccentric post-modernism, but is specially centred on emotion.[6] Her musical language is typically tonal or modal, but is expanded with extended techniques and colouristic effects.

Selected works[edit]

  • My Name is Amanda Todd (2016). It is a reflection on the life of Canadian Amanda Todd. It was commissioned and premiered by the National Arts Centre Orchestra as part of a multimedia symphonic collection Life Reflected.
  • Aeromancy (2011)
  • Amore (2005)
  • Bird in the Tangled Sky (1997)
  • Cobalt (2009)[7]
  • Lacrimosa (2000)
  • Exaudi (2004)
  • Music from the Romantic Era (2005)


Cobalt, Centrediscs CMCCD 20014 (2014)

Halcyon, Centrediscs CMCCD 23817 (2017)

Awards and nominations[edit]

JUNO Awards[edit]

Classical Composition of the Year

  • Won: My Name is Amanda Todd (2018)[8][9]
  • Nominated: Exaudi (2011)

Western Canadian Music Awards[edit]

Classical Composition of the Year

  • Won: Cobalt (2015)
  • Nominated: Oiseaux bleus (2015)

Classical Recording of the Year

  • Nominated: Cobalt (2015)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Allegro, January to February 2018 (p. 19)". Retrieved 2018-01-27.
  2. ^ "Jocelyn Morlock | Biographies". Retrieved 2017-05-27.
  3. ^ barczablog (2015-01-07). "10 Questions for Jocelyn Morlock". barczablog. Retrieved 2017-05-25.
  4. ^ "Canadian Music Centre".
  5. ^ "Composer Profile – Jocelyn Morlock". Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra. 2016-10-22. Retrieved 2017-05-25.
  6. ^ Keillor, John (June 2009). Words and Music. SOCAN. p. 9. Musical Dialogues
  7. ^ Matthew Parsons. "10 pieces by living Canadian composers that you will love". CBC Music, December 16, 2014
  8. ^ Smith, Charlie (2018-03-24). "Diana Krall, Michael Bublé, Anciients, Jocelyn Morlock, and Ivan Decker put B.C. in Juno Awards winners circle". The Georgia Straight. Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  9. ^ The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. "2018 JUNO Award Nominees". The JUNOS Website. Retrieved 2018-03-28.

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