John Leavitt

Alfred Author-John Leavitt
(1956– )

John Leavitt currently serves as Director of Choral Activities and Professor of Music at MidAmerica Nazarene University. An extraordinary composer, performer, and clinician for church and school music literature, Dr. Leavitt continues to teach, lecture, and guest conduct numerous workshops, festivals, and symposia. He has served as a regular guest conductor in major venues throughout the United States, including New York’s Carnegie Hall and Washington DC’s Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Dr. Leavitt’s compositions are represented in nearly every major music catalog. His music is regularly featured on public radio stations and has been performed in more than 30 countries across the world.

In March of 2003, Dr. Leavitt received the Kansas Artist Fellowship Award from the Kansas Arts Commission for his contributions to music composition. In 2010, he was the recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts’ American Masterpieces, which partnered with the Kansas Arts Commission and the Kansas Music Educators Association to commission a new choral work by Dr. Leavitt in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the State of Kansas. He was honored with the MNU Presidential Award, Faculty Member of the Year for 2011, an award voted upon by his peers. Dr. Leavitt will also be honored with the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music Alumni of the Year Award for 2012.

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