Jim Cockey (b. 1947) was born in Baltimore, Maryland, but has spent most of his life in Idaho. He holds a composition degree from the University of Oregon where he studied with Homer Keller and Hal Owen.
He has received numerous grants, commissions and honors, including the Idaho Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts and a gold album for his work with members of the Moody Blues. Commissions include works for the Boise Philharmonic, Billings Symphony, Carson City Symphony, Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra, Boise Baroque Orchestra, Idaho Department of Education, Hammerhead Consort, Bill Quist, Keith Young, Bunting Dance, Idaho Dance Theatre, Langroise Trio, and the Hyde Park Chamber Players.
For the Composers Forum's Continental Harmony project, Jim Cockey was the only musician chosen to head two projects: conducting the McCall Chamber Orchestra and composing a work for the Carson City Symphony. In April of 2008, Mr. Cockey was selected by Maestro James Ogle to compose a special work in honor of Maestro Ogle's 20 years of service with the Boise Philharmonic. The Gift of the Elk, a Suite for Native American Flute and Orchestra, was premiered by Grammy nominee Joseph FireCrow and the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra in April of 2010.
"Ithaca," as performed by the Langroise Trio, was aired on NPR's Performance Today.
Mr. Cockey is currently an adjunct professor of theory and composition at the College of Idaho.
He will have a commissioned work performed by Darkwood Consort, with organ accompaniment.