UMKC Alum John Leavitt is UMKC Conservatory's Achievement Awardee


Each year UMKC honors outstanding alumni. John Leavitt (DMA, Conducting, 1990) is this year's Conservatory alumni awardee.

A musician, composer, teacher, conductor and author, Leavitt is a regularly featured artist for the Manhattan concert Production's Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Series in Washington, D.C., and a regular guest conductor of the New York Mid America Productions Carnegie Hall Concert Series. His compositions are in nearly every music catalog, and he is co-author of the frequently used choral music textbook series Essential Elements for the Choir.

He received his undergraduate education at Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas, a master’s degree from Wichita State University, and the Doctorate of Musical Arts from The Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Dr. Leavitt is a lifetime member of the American Choral Directors Association and is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, from which he has received annual recognition for his achievements in composition. Currently, Dr. Leavitt serves on the faculty of MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, KS as professor of music and director of choirs.

UMKC's list of awardees is here.

For more information, please contact:

Name: Dana Self
Phone: 816-235-2949