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Music of John Leavitt

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.

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Johann Sebastian Bach: Alleluia! Sing Alleluia

Review: Adapted from a Bach cantata, this joyful work will allow younger ensembles the opportunity to experience Baroque music and develop important performance techniques. An excellent selection for festival choirs and contests, it offers great learning potential.

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8280p | Voicetrax CD | $22.95 | Add to shopping cart| Choral VoiceTrax Recordings

John Leavitt: Agnus Dei

Review: Opening andante espressivo over a ground bass, this deeply emotional setting of the Agnus Dei is infused with hopefulness and warmth. Together with the companion movements Kyrie and Gloria, this work will enhance concert programs and worship services from high school through adult. Perform with keyboard or the optional chamber orchestra. Duration: ca. 2:45

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5161p | Choirtrax CD | $26.95 | Add to shopping cart

John Leavitt: Avinu Malkénu

Review: This beautiful and moving Hebrew prayer is one of the most beautiful in all of Jewish litanies. As we sing we ask God to treat us with charity and kindliness and save us! This arrangement is lush and highlights the beautiful message.

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8257p | Choirtrax CD | $26.95 | Add to shopping cart

John Leavitt: Cripple Creek

Review: This Appalachian folk song is a standard among folk, country and blue grass bands. This arrangement takes advantage of the lyrics and uses them like a percussion instrument. Terraced dynamics are used throughout while vocal ranges are carefully crafted.

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8307p | Showtrax CD | $26.95 | Add to shopping cart

John Leavitt: Exsultate

Review: Rhythmic and energetic are perfect adjectives for this original song by John Leavitt. The piano part stands alone but when the string bass and percussion are added this becomes a special moment in your concert.

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20019p | Choirtrax CD | $26.95 | Add to shopping cart

John Leavitt: Hava Nashira

Review: Come let us sing, sing praise to the Lord. This Israeli folksong is perfect for teaching phrasing, tone and harmony to younger ensembles. The optional clarinet and percussion parts can be played by students and the canonic harmonies are easily mastered. Duration: 2:50. Available separately: VoiceTrax CD

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5167p | Voicetrax CD | $24.95 | Add to shopping cart| World VoiceTrax Recordings

John Leavitt: In Remembrance

Review: This lyrical and emotional setting by John Leavitt creates a harmonic tapestry that perfectly matches the text of unknown origin: Do not stand at my grave and weep. I am not there, I do not sleep, Creating an atmosphere of hope and assurance, it begins softly and gradually builds to a full and dramatic expression, then recedes into quiet reflection. Available separately: SATB, SSA, TTB, ChoirTrax CD. Score and parts available as a printed edition and as a digital download (fl 1-2, ob, cl 1-2 (in A), bn, perc 1-2, hp, vn 1-2, va, vc, db). Duration: ca. 3:00.

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5177p | Choirtrax CD | $26.95 | Add to shopping cart

John Leavitt: Kyrie Eleison

Review: This lovely and expressive setting of the Kyrie with gently arching phrases and rich harmonic nuance will enhance concert programs and worship services for choirs from school through adult. Perform with keyboard or optional chamber orchestra. Available separately: SATB, SSA, Chamber Orchestra score and parts (fl 1-2, ob, cl 1-2, bn, perc 1-2, hp, vn 1-2, va, vc, db), ChoirTrax CD. Duration: ca. 3:00.

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5159p | Choirtrax CD | $26.95 | Add to shopping cart

John Leavitt: Nativity Carol

Review: Here is a fresh setting of the Michael Praetorius tune from the Musae Sionae 1609. Treble voices will dance over the sparkling piano, string bass and percussion accompaniment that John Leavitt is known for. The Latin text is easily learned and impressive in Christmas, contest or festival programs. Discovery Level 2. Available separately: 3-Part Mixed, 2-Part, VoiceTrax CD. Duration: ca. 2:00.

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2258p | Voicetrax CD | $26.95 | Add to shopping cart| Christmas VoiceTrax Recordings

John Leavitt: Oh, Susanna!

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4428p | Voicetrax CD | $26.95 | Add to shopping cart| Choral VoiceTrax Recordings

John Leavitt: Will There Really Be a Morning?

Review: This beautiful and thought provoking text by Emily Dickinson is a wonderful vehicle for poetry discussions. A lush piano accompaniment and fluid vocal lines will shine through in your choral concert

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7876p | Showtrax CD | $26.95 | Add to shopping cart

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