Internationally renown conductor, Dr. John Leavitt, will be conducting the 2013 edition of the MNU choirs as they present an inspirational concert of joy.
The concert will feature American Shape Note Hymns, Anthems by John Rutter, Eugene Butler, Elizabeth Poston, and Folksong arrangements by John Leavitt.
- Bell Cultural Center at MidAmerica Nazarene University
- 2030 E. college Way
- Olathe, KS 66062
Date and time
- Sunday October 6, 2013, 3:30 p.m.
Click here to reserve your tickets for this choral concert, or call the box office at (913) 971.3636.
About MNU choirs
“The Department of Fine and Performing Arts boasts three excellent ensembles. Heritage Choir and Concert choir are both auditioned ensembles representing a wide range of academic majors. These choirs present the best in choral literature including historic masterworks, contemporary music, multicultural music, Broadway shows and gospels. Symphonic choir presents large choral masterworks performed with orchestra. The choirs currently present a diverse and entertaining season I their home, the Mabee Performing Arts Hall in the world class Bell Cultural Events Center on the campus of MidAmerica Nazarene university.” - MNU.
Dr. Leavitt's accomplishments
“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 serves 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. John Leavitt, biography).”
Among Dr. Leavitt's distinguished accomplishments:
- He is a lifetime member of the American Choral Directors Association.
- He is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, receiving annual recognition for his accomplishments in composition.
- His compositions receive annual recognition from his peers, and are represented in nearly every major music catalog in this country.
- His music has been regularly featured on public radio stations throughout the nation and has been performed in more than 30 countries across the globe.
- He was awarded a grant in 2010 from the National Endowment for the Art's American Masterpieces which partnered with the Kansas Arts Commission and the Kansas Music Educators Association. They commissioned him to write a new choral work in celebration of the 150 anniversary of the State of Kansas.
- He was the recipient of the 2003 Kansas Artist Fellowship Award from the Kansas Arts Commission for his contributions to music composition.
- He was honored with the MNU Presidential Award, Faculty Member of the Year for 2011 which is voted on by his peers.
- He was honored with the UMKC Conservatory of Music Alumni of the Year Award for 2012.
About Dr. John Leavitt
Dr. Leavitt was born in 1956, a native of Leavenworth, KS. He had the advantages of studying piano in his early childhood in addition to being educated in a primary school where music was an important part of the curriculum. From this educational foundation he was motivated to share his musical gifts with his church, which led to his regular participation in worship services. He also performed in school chapel services.
“I had many wonderful committed teachers early in my life and so it seemed only natural that I pursue a career as a teacher and musician,” Dr. John Leavitt said.
- Undergraduate education at Emporia State University
- Master's degree from Wichita State University
- Doctorate of Musical Arts from The Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri-Kansas City
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