(AT A GLANCE)
Jocelyn C Chambers is a Composer-creative passionate about using her gifts to diversify musical arts. Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Chambers found herself profoundly resonating with music and film as early as 7 years old. She began studying piano at age 7, but discovered the magic of composition at age 13. She honed her writing skills by reworking existing film scores and arranging popular songs by ear using the free online notation software Noteflight. After learning to properly notate music, she began studying composition with Dr. Rachel McInturff at the Armstrong Community Music School. Within one year of her composition studies, Chambers entered the Texas Young Composers Competition with her first orchestral piece “My Heart”. She won the competition along with 9 other composers and received the honor of having her work performed by the Austin Symphony Orchestra. Chambers was the first woman and black composer to win the competition. She went on to win the competition once more with her piece "Paradise (So This is Love, My Dear)".
At 16, Chambers studied composition at the American Festival of the Arts in Houston, Texas, and wrote the string quartet "Enigma for the Night" in collaboration with the Houston Ballet. At age 17, she went on to study composition at the University of Texas at Austin’s Butler School of Music. Seeing the lack of representation for female composers of color, Chambers created a platform to bring diversity to musical arts. She rescored sections of Oscar Micheaux’s groundbreaking 1920 silent film Within Our Gates, and wrote a Negro spiritual honoring the unarmed black people murdered via police brutality. For her senior recital, Chambers produced a threefold work with original music, poetry, and film to document her experiences as an American black woman. The work, The Gospel According to Jocelyn, was produced in collaboration with The Cohen New Works Festival. In 2017, at age 20, Chambers graduated with her bachelor's degree. She was honored by the College of Fine Arts for her advocacy and activism. Read more...
WHAT I'M UP TO
Chambers is a featured baker in Hulu's original baking competition: Baker's Dozen. The show highlights 13 self-taught and classically-trained bakers who go head-to-head for $5,000 and a golden rolling pin trophy. Baker's Dozen is judged by actress Tamera Mowry-Housley and former White House pastry chef Bill Yosses. Chambers competes in episode 5. All episodes are streaming only on Hulu.
Chambers recently scored Georgia-based chef Mashama Bailey's new MasterClass: Mashama Bailey Teaches Southern Cooking. She composed neoclassical and contemporary jazz music for the course.
Chambers has been selected for the 2021-2023 NBCUniversal Composer Initiative! This initiative, headed by NBCUniversal's Global Talent Development and Inclusion team, serves to mentor and bring diverse composers to the forefront, right where they belive. Chambers is 1 of 8 composers selected, out of 700 applicants. Read more about the initiative on the Hollywood Reporter.
Chambers has also accepted a position as music ad house Butter Music and Sound's latest staff composer. Butter is known for their impeccable work on high-profile ads including Mercedes, KitKat, HBO MAX, Spotify, and much more.