JUNO-Winning Composer Jocelyn Morlock Has Died

She was 53

BY Alex HudsonPublished Mar 29, 2023

JUNO Award-winning composer Jocelyn Morlock has died. The Vancouver artist was 53.

Morlock was known for her contemporary classical compositions, including My Name Is Amanda Todd — about the BC teenager who died by suicide after being the victim of bullying — which premiered in 2016 and won the 2018 JUNO Award for Classical Composition of the Year. She was also nominated for a JUNO in 2011 for Exaudi.

Morlock was born in Saint Boniface, MB, and was an alumna of the University of British Columbia's School of Music, where she taught as a sessional lecturer. She spent a number of a years as a composer-in-residence with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (2014–2019) and at Music on Main (2012–2014).

Director of the UBC School of Music⁠ T. Patrick Carrabré said in a statement, "I am so deeply saddened by Jocelyn's passing. I will treasure my memories of her, as a friend, a colleague and a former student. Jocelyn and her music impacted so many people and the depths of her feelings were there for all to experience. From serious to silly, she made the world a richer place."

Alexander Shelley, Music Director of the NAC Orchestra, said, "Far too soon the wonderfully kind, empathetic, beguilingly fun and brilliant artist that was Jocelyn Morlock has left us. I cannot help but smile as I recall her charm, wit and quirky humour, her generosity, her razor-sharp mind and her x-ray like perception as we worked together at the NAC on My Name is Amanda Todd. That beautiful, special work, which has contributed so much to the conversation around cyberbullying and for which she justly won the JUNO Award for best composition, now another layer of tragedy etched into its contours. We will miss you very deeply, Jocelyn, and are endlessly grateful for the friendship, artistry and music that you gave us. For us all, you are gone far too soon."

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