Jocelyn Morlock is a composer living in Vancouver, Canada, the unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. She came to classical music in late adolescence, by way of the film Amadeus, and felt like she’d passed through a magic portal, never to return. Her music is inspired variously by birds, insomnia, nature, fear, other people’s music and art, nocturnal wandering thoughts, lucid dreaming, death, and the liminal times and experiences before and after death.
Morlock was the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s first female Composer-in-Residence (2014-2019), and inaugural Composer-in-Residence for Vancouver’s Music on Main (2012-2014.) She won a 2018 JUNO for her piece My Name is Amanda Todd – written as part of the National Arts Centre Orchestra’s multi-media work “Life Reflected”, celebrating four remarkable Canadian women.
As a listener and music educator, she has a broad-ranging interest in all kinds and styles of music and is grateful to be living in a time and place where we can hear so many diverse voices express their identity in music. She believes in the proliferation of positive energy that a large group of people can create together, through many small actions.
Photo by Mark Mushet