Canadian composer, Jocelyn Morlock passed away at the age of 53. Let’s see more details about Jocelyn Morlock and her career journey in detail.
What happened to Jocelyn Morlock?
People in Canada’s music industry are in mourning over the passing of adored artist Jocelyn Morlock, a Juno Award-winning composer who served the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra as composer-in-residence for many years. She was 53 years old. On Tuesday, the UBC School of Music, where she taught, and the Canadian Music Centre announced the death of Jocelyn Morlock.
Morlock was known for her complex compositions that were inspired by birds and nature. One of her most notable works was a piece based on the Port Coquitlam teen Amanda Todd, who took her own life in 2012. The composition, titled My Name is Amanda Todd, won the 2018 Juno Award for Classical Composition of the Year.
“Jocelyn was asked to do this work that addressed the horrors a young person can go through,” said T. Patrick Carrabré, the director of the UBC School of Music. “Jocelyn dove in and created a piece that helps people to connect with that story.”
Cause of death
Musician Jocelyn passed away at 53 on March 28, 2023. While the cause of her death remains unknown, her passing has been confirmed by the University of British Columbia, where she taught music composition for many years, and by the Vancouver Symphony, which has shared the news on its official Twitter account. We will update you once we get more information about Jocelyn’s cause of death.
‘There was music in her’-Jocelyn Morlock
Jocelyn Morlock was a Canadian composer and music educator based in Vancouver. Her piece My Name is Amanda Todd won the 2018 Juno Award for Classical Composition of the Year. Morlock was born in Winnipeg and studied music at Brandon University, where she met Carrabré, who was the school’s music dean, in 1992.
“Jocelyn came and knocked on my door and said she thought that she might be a composer,” said Carrabré. The pair worked together while she studied for her bachelor of music. “It became really clear to me right away that she was a composer. There was music in her that had to come out. She just hadn’t figured out how to get it out yet.
It was just wonderful to sit with her and hear her musical ideas come to life and help her try to go in the direction she needed to go.” That direction led to the UBC School of Music, where she would earn a master’s degree and a doctorate in musical arts.
Morlock left her mark in Vancouver after completing her studies. She was the inaugural composer-in-residence for Music on Main from 2012 to 2014 before taking on the same role at the VSO from 2014 to 2019.
She was a complicated yet natural composer who created lovely melodic lines, according to Carrabré. He claimed that musicians who performed her pieces discovered they could express themselves.
Carrabré remarked, “She had a vast spectrum of expression that she could bring to music. It was both modern and lyrical. She was a complicated yet natural composer who created lovely melodic lines, according to Carrabré. He claimed that musicians who performed her pieces discovered they could express themselves.
Carrabré remarked, “She had a vast spectrum of expression that she could bring to music. It was both modern and lyrical.
Awards and nominations
JUNO Awards Classical Composition of the Year
Won: My Name is Amanda Todd (2018)
Nominated: Exaudi (2011) Western Canadian Music Awards Classical Composer of the Year
Won: (2018) Classical Composition of the Year
Won: Cobalt (2015) Classical Recording of the Year Nominated: Cobalt (2015)
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Juno Awards winners Juno Awards of 2018
Juno Awards nominees Juno Awards of 2011
My Name is Amanda Todd
At the time, she told as per the reports, The Early Edition she had been apprehensive about the project until she spoke with Todd’s mother, Carol. “We talked about how Amanda made this YouTube video, and she stood up for herself on the very platform where people were attacking her,” Morlock said in a 2017 interview.
“She was so brave. It’s hard to imagine what it would be like to be a child who’s being attacked on all sides and then have the courage to stand up and tell your own story. “The piece, titled My Name is Amanda Todd, used small, repetitive musical elements to represent the way tiny actions accumulate online — for better or for worse.
The performance also included a video element that features some of Todd’s own words. The song would go on to win the 2018 Juno Award for Classical Composition of the Year. But Morlock’s biggest hope for the piece was to uplift others like Amanda.
“I feel like, in a way, we’re empowering Amanda and other kids like her to speak up for themselves and to be safe,” Morlock said in 2017.
Social Media Tributes
Andrew Crust Posted
Tragic and shocking news today. Jocelyn was one of the best, most creative people. As a composer, she would never promote her work but be always sending me the work of other young Canadian composers. (The last thing she wrote me was her dodging a compliment to praise the work of another composer)
I had the chance to perform her “Oiseaux bleus et sauvages” three times across the US this season and we had been in close contact. She was always curious and always learning new things––she had recently taken up the flugelhorn simply because she loved how it sounded. A huge loss for Canada and classical music, and all of us who called her a friend.
Mari Hahn Posted
Jocelyn Morlock has left us. We were roommates during my grad school years and spent many hours talking about music, guys, and food… she was a quirky soul, talented, and brilliant. We lost touch and although I thought about her, read articles about her and listened to her incredible music, I didn’t reach out. Rest in sweet peace, Jocelyn. You leave a sad empty place for those who loved and admired you.
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