Ashes of Roses
Ashes of Roses
Requiems by Jocelyn Hagen and Maurice Duruflé
with David Eicher, organist
Sunday, March 29, 2020
Church of Our Lady of Loretto
Saint Mary’s College
This concert will feature the world premiere of Minnesota-based composed Jocelyn Hagen’s requiem, Ashes of Roses, in a new orchestration. Originally scored for SATB chorus, soprano, mezzo-soprano, and baritone soloists, soprano saxophone soloist, and large orchestra, Jocelyn is re-scoring the work for performance with accompaniment of organ and several instruments, making it more possible for small ensembles like the South Bend Chamber Singers to perform. The work gets its name from Elaine Goodale Eastman’s poem “Ashes of Roses,” which is incorporated into the traditional Latin text of the requiem mass as the 4th movement and is scored for 4-part women’s voices. The Saint Mary’s College Women’s Choir will join the women of the SBCS for this movement. Hagen also incorporates a text from I Corinthians in the Agnus Dei, sung by the baritone soloist.
For the other half of our program, we will perform another setting of the Requiem Mass in a contrasting style, most likely the beautiful and better known Requiem by Maurice Duruflé as we can make use of the similar accompanying instruments and soloists.
Jocelyn Hagen composes music that has been described as “simply magical” (Fanfare Magazine) and “dramatic and deeply moving” (Star Tribune, Minneapolis/St. Paul). Her first forays into composition were via songwriting, and this is very evident in her work. The majority of her compositional output is for the voice: solo, chamber and choral. Her dance opera collaboration with choreographer Penelope Freeh, titled Test Pilot, received the 2017 American Prize in the musical theater/opera division as well as a Sage Award for “Outstanding Design.” The panel declared the work “a tour de force of originality.” Her melodic music is rhythmically driven, texturally complex, and has recently become more experimental in nature. In 2013 she released an EP entitled MASHUP, in which she performs Debussy’s “Doctor Gradus Ad Parnassum” while singing Ed Sheeran’s “The A Team.” Jocelyn is also one half of the band Nation, an a cappella duo with composer/performer Timothy C. Takach, and together they perform and clinic choirs from all over the world.
Her commissions include Conspirare, The Minnesota Orchestra, the American Choral Directors Associations of Minnesota, Georgia, Connecticut and Texas, the North Dakota Music Teacher’s Association, Cantus, the Boston Brass, the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, and The Houston Chamber Choir, among many others. She is currently an artist-in-residence at North Dakota State University and regularly composes for their ensembles. For ten years she was a composer-in-residence for the professional choir she also sang in: The Singers, under the direction of Matthew Culloton. Her music has been performed all over the world, including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York City. Her work is independently published through JH Music, as well as Graphite Publishing, G. Schirmer, Santa Barbara Music Publishing, Fred Bock Music Publishing, and Boosey and Hawkes.
David Eicher, Accompanist, is Staff Assistant in the Department of Music at Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana and accompanist for the college choirs. He also serves as organist at Grace United Methodist Church in South Bend. Prior to his current position, David was Hymnal Editor for Presbyterian Publishing Corporation where he served as Editor for Glory to God: The Presbyterian Hymnal published in 2013. He has been a church musician in Northwest Indiana for 30 years, Accompanist/Assistant Director of the South Bend Chamber Singers from 1990-2007, and Accompanist for the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra Chorus from 2006-2007.
David holds degrees in organ and church music from Manchester College and Valparaiso University. He is a past president of the Presbyterian Association of Musicians and The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, and also holds professional memberships in the American Guild of Organists and the Association for Reformed & Liturgical Worship.