Joel Puckett

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Joel Puckett
Born1977 (age 43–44)
Atlanta, GA
GenresContemporary classical
Years active1995-present
LabelsNaxos Records, Albany Records

Joel Puckett (born in 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American composer. He comes from a musical family; his father was a classical tubist and in his retirement still plays dixie-land jazz gigs around Atlanta. Joel completed his academic work at the University of Michigan, earning both a Masters of Music and a Doctorate of Musical Arts. His teachers include Michael Daugherty, William Bolcom, Bright Sheng, Will Averitt, and Thomas Albert.

The September 11th tribute This Mourning—one of his most notable works—was commissioned by the Washington Chorus and is scored for 250 singers, full orchestra and a consort of 40 crystal glasses. This premiere took place at the main stage of the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. in late November 2006. Among his other notable pieces is his concerto for flute, flute choir, and wind ensemble The Shadow of Sirius, which was written to commemorate the loss of his child through miscarriage.[1][2]

Puckett is the Chair of Music Theory, Ear Training and Piano Skills at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. Previously he taught at Shenandoah University and Towson University. Puckett also served a term as the composer-in-residence for the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras.[3]

His first opera, The Fix, was premiered by Minnesota Opera in March 2019. It received wildly mixed reviews ranging from raves, such as from Parterre Box, to pans, such as in the Wall Street Journal.[4][5] [6] [7] [8][9][10]


  1. ^ Smith, Tim (May 18, 2012). "On the Record: Bartok from BSO/Alsop; works by Joel Puckett, Larry Hoffman". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved May 4, 2015.
  2. ^ Gardner, Alexandra (March 19, 2014). "Joel Puckett: Real Life Inspiration". NewMusicBox. Retrieved May 4, 2015.
  3. ^ Rhein, John von (May 15, 2012). "Some delights among the duds in MusicNOW season finale at Harris Theater". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved May 4, 2015.
  4. ^ Mellman, Larry (18 March 2019). "the opposite sox". Parterre Box. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  5. ^ Dunigan, Peggy Sue (20 March 2019). "BWW Review: MN Opera's Memorable THE FIX Composes Requiem for the American Dream". Broadway World. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  6. ^ Blain, Terry (18 March 2019). "Minnesota Opera batting above average with satisfying world premiere of 'The Fix'". Star Tribune. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  7. ^ Townsend, Terry (22 March 2019). "Potent Themes of Corruption in Two Strong Opera Performances – "The Mikado" & "The Fix"". Lavender Magazine. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  8. ^ Considine, Basil (17 March 2019). "REVIEW: Timely The Fix (MN Opera)". Twin Cities Arts Reader. Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  9. ^ Hubbard, Rob. "Review: Minnesota Opera's 'The Fix' swings for the mythical and misses". Pioneer Press. Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  10. ^ Waleson, Heidi (March 18, 2019). "'The Fix' Review: An Opera Strikes Out". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 15 April 2019.

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