With a discography of twelve CDs, and numerous performances and broadcasts throughout North America and Europe, Jocelyn Morlock is fast becoming known as one of Canada's leading composers.
With its "shimmering sheets of harmonics" (Georgia Straight) and an approach that is "deftly idiomatic" (Vancouver Sun) Morlock's music has received numerous national and international accolades, including: Top 10 at the 2002 International Rostrum of Composers; Winner of the 2003 CMC Prairie Region Emerging Composers competition; and two nominations for Best Classical Composition at the Western Canadian Music Awards (2006, 2010.) In 2008, Morlock was a winner of the Mayor's Arts Awards in Vancouver.
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 become the composer of record for significant music competitions, including the 2008 Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition and the 2005 Montreal International Music Competition, for which she wrote Amore, a tour de force vocal work that has gone on to receive more than 50 performances and numerous radio broadcasts.
Highlights of the past season's premieres include: Cobalt, a double violin concerto for the National Arts Centre Orchestra, with soloists Jonathan Crow and Karl Stobbe, conducted by Alain Trudel; In Situ, a large-scale collaboration with the Aeriosa Dance Ensemble premiered during the 2010 Cultural Olympiad and attended by over 7000 people; Theft for Standing Wave's exploration of magical realism in music, and two CBC commissions: Asylum, a piano trio written for the 10th anniversary of the Tuckamore Chamber Music Festival and the 200th anniversary of Robert Schumann's birth; and solo piano piece The Jack Pine written for The Gallery Project, a partnership between Music and Beyond, CBC Radio Two and the National Gallery of Canada.
New CD releases for 2010 featuring Morlock's work include musica intima's Into Light, (nominated for two 2010 Western Canadian Music Awards: Classical Album of the Year, and Classical Composition of the Year for Morlock's Exaudi), Fringe Percussion's eponymous debut album (nominated for a 2010 Western Canadian Music Award), pianist Rachel Iwaasa's Cosmphony, and the Canadian Chamber Choir's In Good Company. Other notable, recent releases include Tiresias Duo's Delicate Fires (nominated for a 2008 Western Canadian Music Award), Trio Verlaine's Fin de Siècle and the Canadian Music Centre's So You Want To Write A Fugue ("the most exciting disc of new Canadian music in years" – The Toronto Star).
Upcoming projects include Turning Point's Firebird 2011, winner of the eleventh annual Rio Tinto Alcan Performing Arts Award, and a new double concerto for the Agassiz International Chamber Music Festival.
Jocelyn Morlock completed a Bachelor of Music in piano performance at Brandon University, studying with pianist Robert Richardson. She received both a Master's degree and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of British Columbia. Among her teachers were Pat Carrabré, Stephen Chatman, Keith Hamel, and the late Russian-Canadian composer Nikolai Korndorf.