Composer Jocelyn Morlock joins new appointments at Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

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      The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra has named B.C.'s Jocelyn Morlock as its new composer-in-residence.

      “Jocelyn Morlock was the unanimous choice of the VSO search committee charged with finding a new VSO composer-in-residence," maestro Bramwell Tovey said in a press statement. "Her recent output and her unique voice and style made a powerful impression on all of us. I'm greatly looking forward to working closely with Jocelyn over the next two years as she assumes programming responsibilities in our Annex and New Music Festival presentations. In particular, I'm keenly anticipating leading performances of new works which she will create as part of the residency.”

      Morlock begins her two-year post in September, following her completion of the post of composer-in-residence at the Music on Main series in August.

      “The VSO’s commitment to composers is strong, and keeps getting stronger every year – witness the exciting VSO New Music Festival that was inaugurated this January," Morlock said in the announcement. "I am thrilled to be working with Maestro Bramwell Tovey and the VSO to help program the Festival and the Annex Series. There is so much great new music out there that I’m dying to share with people.”

      Morlock follows Edward Top as composer-in-residence. Her recent premieres include Recent premieres include Ornithomancy - a flute concerto for Paolo Bortolussi and the Vancouver Island Symphony conducted by Pierre Simard; Perruqueries – wiggy songs with texts by Bill Richardson for Robyn Driedger-Klassen, Tyler Duncan, and Erika Switzer; Corybantic for pianist Corey Hamm; and Vermilion for the Aeolus string quartet. A new chamber-ensemble piece for Music On Main’s Orpheus Project is in the works for July 2014.

      In other news, the VSO has also created a new position called composer-in-association, to be filled by the orchestra's associate principal trumpeter Marc Goddard. The VSO will compose one major work a year by the artist.

      And the symphony has also announced that it has promoted Gordon Gerrard from assistant conductor to associate conductor, re-signing him to a two-year contract extension.

      "From 2014/15 Gordon will assume a greater role in the newly created position of Associate Conductor," Tovey said. "Gordon is one of Canada's outstanding young conductors and the VSO greatly looks forward to his increased contribution to the VSO in the years ahead.”