Pianist James Cockman III is an active performer, composer, and teacher. His solo concert programs are well-received in venues across the nation, and he enjoys performing collaboratively. As part of the Kansas City Wind Symphony, he premiered a wind ensemble arrangement of Rachmaninov’s Concerto no. 2, Stravinsky’s Concerto for Piano and Winds, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, and Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor. 


Dr. Cockman’s newest group, the Hybrid Five, was named Missouri’s Most Musical 
Family in 2019 by the Missouri Federation of Music Clubs and has performed in numerous venues across Missouri and Arkansas.


Dr. Cockman has served on the faculty of The University of Kansas and as professor of piano and organ and artist in residence at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He currently serves as music minister at his church and maintains an active piano studio at Joyful Sound Academy in Pleasant Hill, Missouri, and Youth Music Academy in North Kansas City, Missouri, with students of all experience levels. He also works with area churches to offer piano workshops and masterclasses.