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John Leavitt Biography

John Leavitt

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John Leavitt is a Kansas native, born and raised in Leavenworth, Kansas. He completed doctoral work in Choral Conducting at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music. His undergraduate work is in Music Education from Emporia State University.
BR> After graduation, Dr. Leavitt moved to Wichita, Kansas where he worked in television for five years. At Wichita State University he pursued a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance with significant study in composition.
BR> While in Wichita he directed the parish music program at Immanuel Lutheran Church and served on the faculty at Friends University where he won the faculty award for teaching excellence in 1989. In the fall of 1992 Dr Leavitt accepted a one-year teaching appointment with Concordia College in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada where he was Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music.

Returning to Wichita in 1993, he now devotes himself full-time to composing and conducting. He is the artistic director and conductor of a professionally trained vocal ensemble known as The Master Arts Chorale and an associated children's choir, The Master Arts Youth Chorale.
BR> Dr. Leavitt's works receive wide acclaim and he has received ASCAP awards since 1991. In addition to his busy guest conducting and workshop schedule, he writes many commissioned works each year.

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