Travel to Vancouver with STN Ice, the Advanced Chamber Choir of SING THE NORTH, to sing on their inaugural project: Jocelyn Morlock’s sensational hymn to joy: Io, Io!
Fee includes your score, live weekly zoom rehearsals, field trip, and workshops, and a full set of materials to help you learn your part.
Eternally in dulci jubilo!
No eye has ever seen,
No ear has ever heard
Such joy as ours - such joy as our joy!
Io, Io! portrays the joys that we experience, from brief moments of delight to a more transcendent, spiritual peace. The first section is a joyful celebration in an energetic, excited style, using an excerpt of Philipp Nicolair's In Dulci Jubilo. The second section is a loose translation of Nicolai's text that draws on 1 Cor. 2:9 in the Christian Bible - no one has seen or heard what God prepares for those who love him -these words are sung with increasing anticipation and hope. The final vocalise is an expression of joy connection these ideas musically, suggestion that the joy that no one has yet seen or heard might be ours right now, connecting our fleeting joy living in the beautiful world to the joy of a perfect, eternal future.
Io, io! is dedicated to Paul Kremer and the Vancouver Cantata Singers with admiration and gratitude.
Text excerpted from Cypress Choral Music with thanks.
Jocelyn Morlock is a composer living in Vancouver, Canada, the unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil Waututh First Nations. Her music is inspired 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’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 been the composer of record for several 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 70 performances and numerous radio broadcasts.
JUNO® Award-winning composer Morlock worked with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra as their first female Composer-in-Residence (2014-2019), after completing her term (2012-2014) as inaugural Composer-in-Residence for Vancouver’s Music on Main, co-host of ISCM World New Music Days 2017.
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