Jim Puckett is a career Worship Pastor serving in Richardson, Texas. He is an adjunct professor for the Southern Nazarene University College of Professional and Graduate Studies, and an adjunct member of the music faculty at Mount Vernon Nazarene University.
He has composed and arranged for a variety of settings including chamber works, accompaniment orchestrations, and orchestral and vocal works.
His works received recognition in 2010 and 2011 from the National Academy of Music and awarded performances at the 2014 CFAMC National Conference, 2013 Contemporary Piano Residency and SCL Festivals, The SCI 2013 Region V Conference, SCI 2012 Region VI Conference, 2010 National Conference, New Music Festival IX & XII (Univ. of Nebraska, Kearney), the 2010 SCL, and the SCI 2010 Region VI Conference. He also served as a judge for the 2020 Society of Composers, International/ASCAP Student Composition Competition.
Other recent works include Concerto For Percussion Quartet and Wind Ensemble, Fantasia for Bass Clarinet and Concert Band, Three 4 Hand Drums (Percussion Quartet), In the Gardens (Piano), Meditation on “Evening” (Soprano/Piano), Danse de Cirque (Trombone/Piano), Somethin’s Gone Wrong Deep Within, (Trumpet/Piano), and Countdown for 7 instruments.
Puckett holds a Ph.D. in Music Theory & Composition from Kent State University, M.M. from Texas Tech University, and B.A. from Mount Vernon Nazarene University and is a member of the Society of Composers. Inc., the Southeastern Composer’s League, and The Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers. He has studied with Frank Wiley, Peter Fischer, Leslie Dutton, and Richard Meek. He has served churches in California, Ohio, Tennessee, and Texas. Dr. Puckett and his wife, Annette, live in the Dallas TX area