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Monday, June 16, 2014

The VSO announces its new Composer-in-Residence, the inaugural appointment of Composer in Association, and new Associate Conductor Title

Vancouver, BC – The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra is proud to announce the appointment of its new Composer-in-Residence, Jocelyn Morlock; the inaugural appointment of Composer-in-Association, Marcus Goddard (the VSO’s current Associate Principal Trumpet); and the promotion of its current Assistant Conductor, Gordon Gerrard, to the title of Associate Conductor.

Beginning her tenure with the VSO on September 1st, 2014, Jocelyn Morlock has developed an avid reputation as one of Canada’s pre-eminent and most sought-after composers.  Completing her residency with Vancouver’s innovative new music concert series Music On Main in August 2014, both Music On Main’s Artistic Director, David Pay, and the VSO’s Music Director, Maestro Bramwell Tovey, look to Jocelyn’s upcoming tenure not only as an exciting opportunity for Jocelyn’s development as a composer, but as an important continuation in the VSO’s dedication to fostering new music by Canadian composers.

Maestro Bramwell Tovey is excited to welcome Ms. Morlock to the VSO, saying “Jocelyn Morlock was the unanimous choice of the VSO search committee charged with finding a new VSO composer-in-residence. 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.”

Music on Main Artistic Director David Pay commented, “Jocelyn Morlock has been Composer-in- Residence for Vancouver's groundbreaking series Music on Main since 2012. It's a thrill to see the Composer-in-Residence programmes at Music on Main and the Vancouver Symphony contribute to Jocelyn's career as one of our nation's great composers." 

In addition to writing numerous new works for performance by the VSO, Jocelyn will also play an integral part in programming the VSO’s Vancouver Sun Symphony in the Annex new music series, and its annual New Music Festival. 

Commenting on her appointment, Jocelyn Morlock remarked, “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. 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.”

With Jocelyn’s two-year tenure beginning in September 2014, the VSO would like to express its extreme gratitude to outgoing Composer in residence, Edward Top, for a wonderful three-year association. Mr. Top’s work with the VSO was outstanding.  From advising the organization on the work of contemporary composers, to his leadership role in programming the Annex series, to the establishment of the inaugural New Music Festival which took place in January 2014, to the number of his works that the orchestra has performed, his contributions have been powerful assets for the VSO.

Commenting on behalf of the VSO, President & CEO Jeff Alexander said, “It has been an absolute pleasure having Edward Top as our Composer-in-Residence since 2011.  Edward has done a superb job in this role with the VSO, and we have had the pleasure of performing many of his intriguing, thoughtful, and inspirational compositions.  We wish him well and look forward to watching his career continue to flourish.”

Further deepening its commitment to fostering new works, the VSO has also created a new position with the inaugural appointment of Composer -in-Association; Marcus Goddard.  With this appointment the VSO has committed to programming at least one major work a year by the Composer-in-Association, and this first time appointment is an exceptionally special one for the VSO as Marcus is a long-time core musician within the orchestra, having joined the trumpet section in 1999 as Associate Principal Trumpet.

“I'm absolutely thrilled and honoured to be appointed to this newly created position,” said Mr. Goddard. “It’s so exciting to have the opportunity to compose new works for my own fabulous colleagues in the VSO.”

The VSO is also pleased to announce that its current Assistant Conductor, Gordon Gerrard, has re-signed a two-year contract extension with the VSO and will be promoted to Associate Conductor. In continuing with the VSO, Gordon remarked “Since coming to the VSO, I have enjoyed a very happy relationship with Maestro Tovey and the musicians of the orchestra. I consider it an honour to be invited to continue on now in the role of Associate Conductor, and I look forward to many more opportunities to make music with these wonderful people.” 

And Bramwell Tovey said of Gordon’s re-signing “Gordon Gerrard's work with the VSO has been outstanding since his appointment as Assistant Conductor in 2012. From 2014/15 Gordon will assume a greater role in the newly created position of Associate Conductor. 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.”

For media inquiries or interview requests, please contact the VSO’s PR Associate, Caroline Márkos at 604.684.9100 x266

Biographies
Jocelyn Morlock, Composer-in-Residence (Sept. 2014)
Juno®-nominated composer Jocelyn Morlock is one of Canada’s most distinctive voices. “A lyrical wonder, exquisite writing” with “an acute feeling for sonority” and an approach that is “deftly idiomatic” (Vancouver Sun), Morlock’s music has received numerous accolades including Top 10 at the 2002 International Rostrum of Composers, Winner of the 2003 CMC Prairie Region Emerging Composers competition, winner of the Mayor’s Arts Awards in Vancouver (2008), three nominations for Classical Composition of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards (2006, 2010, 2014) a nomination for WCMA Best Classical Recording of the Year (2014) , and a Juno Nomination for Classical Composition of the Year (2011.) She served for two years (2012-2014) as inaugural Composer-in-Residence for Vancouver’s Music on Main, and will be joining the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra as Composer-in-Residence September 1, 2014.

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 (July 2014) is in the works.

Recent CD releases featuring Morlock’s music include her own CD, Cobalt  (nominated for two 2014 WCMAs), Couloir’s Wine Dark Sea, Standing Wave’s Liquid States (nominated for a WCMA) and musica intima’s Into Light, (nominated for two WCMAs and two Juno Awards). 

Marcus Goddard, Composer-in-Association (Sept. 2014)|Associate Principal Trumpet
Marcus Goddard is the Associate Principal Trumpet with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and has performed with Vancouver New Music, Standing Wave, the Vancouver Opera, the CBC Orchestra and the VSO Brass Quintet. Recent performing highlights with the VSO include playing Mahler's Blumine movement from the First Symphony and the trumpet solo of Gyorgy Ligeti's virtuosic Mysteries of the Macabre. Goddard is a member of Vancouver's Turning Point Ensemble.
Goddard has performed extensively throughout North America and Europe. As principal trumpet of the Tenerife Symphony, he participated in a recording of Mahler's Third Symphony. He has held principal positions in the Owensboro Symphony, the Colombus, Indiana Philharmonic and has played Co-principal trumpet in the Spoleto Festival, the Aims Festival in Graz, Austria and the National Orchestral Institute. Goddard received a Bachelors Degree from the University of Michigan under Armando Ghitalla and Charles Daval and earned a Masters from Indiana University as a pupil of John Rommel.
As a composer, Goddard has over thirty-five works in his catalog, including four recent pieces for large orchestra as well as many works for varied chamber ensembles. His most recent work, I Send Only Angels, was commissioned by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and premiered in February 2007 with Roberto Minczuk conducting. Critics, musicians, and audience members alike praised the work, describing its \"shimmering, translucent, winning eloquence\" and \"perfectly judged\" form and structure. Following the critical acclaim of that premiere, the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal programmed I Send Only Angels for performance in November 2007, to be conducted by Bramwell Tovey.
Goddard has had three other orchestral works performed during the last several years. The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra performed My End Is My Beginning and Stay On the Sea while the Victoria Symphony performed Angels. Goddard's Voices Rising, for chamber ensemble, was premiered by the Turning Point Ensemble in March 2006, was broadcast on CBC Radio, and was performed again in Powell River, B.C. by members of the Chicago, Columbus, Vancouver, and Victoria Symphony Orchestras. Alexander Varty of the Georgia Straight wrote in his review that \"Marcus Goddard's Voices Rising was just beautiful.\"
Prior to his focus on works for orchestra and large ensemble, Goddard composed many pieces for chamber ensemble. He performed his work, Exothermic, for trumpet and piano trio, with both the Quiring Chamber Players and Standing Wave Ensemble. Goddard's Millennia Music for brass quintet was performed by the VSO Brass Quintet in 2002 and broadcast by CBC Radio.
His work for large brass ensemble, Supernovas Collide, was premiered by the Vancouver Brass Choir in the fall of 2001 and Desolation Sounds, for brass quartet, was premiered by members of the Chicago and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras in 2005. Goddard recently completed Reflections on Slayton Pond, a work for flute and piano commissioned by the Vermont duo, Sarabande. He has composed a piano trio and violin duo as part of a series of chamber works for young players in the Quiring Chamber Music School in Vancouver. Goddard's String Quartet was performed for many young audiences in British Columbia public schools during 2002. Goddard composed and produced the score to the film, Breakfast at Sharkey's, and has composed two modern dance works, which were staged in Indiana.  He has participated in seminars with William Bolcom, William Albright, and Krystof Penderecki and has attended lectures of Philip Glass and Samuel Adler and is an associate composer with the Canadian Music Centre.

Gordon Gerrard, Associate Conductor

Gordon Gerrard has established a unique place in the new generation of Canadian musicians as one of its fastest rising stars. Trained first as a pianist and subsequently as a specialist in operatic repertoire, Gordon brings a fresh perspective to the podium. His passion and his dedication to producing thrilling musical experiences have endeared him to his fellow musicians and the public alike.

It is Gordon’s work in opera that has made him a recognized figure across the country. For four seasons, he held the positions of Resident Conductor and Repetiteur for Calgary Opera. He conducted seven productions while in residence in Calgary, including the Canadian premiere of Mark Adamo’s Little Women, which was recorded for national broadcast on CBC’s Saturday Afternoon at the Opera. In 2012, Gordon conducted Calgary Opera’s highly successful La Bohème, a production chosen specifically to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the company.

During his tenure at Calgary Opera, Gordon was honoured with the Mayor’s Award for Emerging Artists for his contribution to the musical life of the city of Calgary. Gordon has also conducted two productions for Opera Hamilton to critical acclaim. He was Assistant Conductor for productions of Otello, Don Giovanni andLe Nozze di Figaro at Opera Lyra Ottawa and was Repetiteur for Vancouver Opera from 2004 to 2006.

A passionate and gifted educator, Gordon has been engaged as a conductor and lecturer by many institutions, including McGill University, the University of Manitoba and Iowa State University. In 2012, Gordon conducted a production ofDon Giovanni for Opera McGill. He has served as conductor for Opera Nuova (Edmonton) for the past ten years, and on the music staffs of the Opera as Theatre Programme at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Canadian Vocal Arts Institute (Montreal), Halifax Summer Opera Workshop and the Undergraduate Opera Studio at the Manhattan School of Music. He is a regular vocal coach for Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artist Program and l’Opéra de Montréal’s Atelier Lyrique.

As a pianist, Gordon is a respected recital partner. After completing his studies at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music, Gordon presented many recitals throughout New York City. In 2009, he was invited to participate in the Wigmore Hall International Song Competition in London, and later that year he was engaged to present a recital with soprano Jane Eaglen for the Edmonton Recital Society.

Gordon is delighted to begin work with Maestro Bramwell Tovey and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra as Assistant Conductor.

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