John Leavitt

 
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John Leavitt

Professor of Music
Director of Choirs

DMA; Conducting, 1990, University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory of Music
MM; Performance & Composition, 1983, Wichita State University
BS; Music Education, 1977, Emporia State University

“I love teaching at MNU because of the students!”

—John Leavitt

Awards & Honors
Publications
Presentations
Involvement at MNU

Awards & Honors

  • January 2013: American Society of Composers, Authors, Publishers, Award for Musical Composition
  • April 2012: Alumni of the Year, University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory of Music
  • August 2011: President's Award, Faculty Member of the Year, MidAmerica Nazarene University
  • January 2010: National Endowment for the Arts Recipient, "American Masterpieces" grant for new work to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the State of Kansas

Publications

  • May 2013: New string orchestra work, "Joyeux Noel," published by Hal Leonard Corp, Milwaukee, WI
  • May 2013: New choral work, "My Lord What a Morning," published by Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, MO
  • May 2013: New choral work, "Jesu Joy," published by Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, MO
  • April 2013: New piano folio, "Christmas Tidings," published by Hal Leonard Corp, Milwaukee, WI
  • April 2013: New choral/orchestral work, "Missa Festiva," published by Alfred Music, Van Nuys, CA
  • April 2013: New choral/orchestral work, "What Sweeter Music," published by Hal Leonard Corp, Milwaukee, WI
  • April 2013: New choral/orchestral work, "He is Born," published by Hal Leonard Corp, Milwaukee, WI
  • October 2012: New Organ Work, "Our Songs Rise, Joyful Settings for Organ," published by Augsburg Fortress, Minneapolis, MN

Presentations

  • May 2013: Artistic Director: National Capitol Festival Choir, Washington DC (Performed at National City Christian Church, Jefferson Memorial, WW II Memorial)
  • March 2011: Artistic Director: Masterworks Festival Chorus, Carnegie Hall, New York, New York

Involvement at MNU

  • Direct concert season with the MNU Choirs
  • Direct music for MNU Graduations
  • Direct music for selected MNU Chapels
  • Direct music for the annual Presidential Gala
  • Direct music for church presentations in the MNU service area

Contact MNU

Main Campus
2030 E. College Way
Olathe, KS 66062-1899
Phone: 913.782.3750
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Olathe, KS 66062
Phone: 913.971.3800
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Liberty Site
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Liberty, MO 64068
Phone: 816.407.3070
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North Kansas City Hospital
2800 Clay Edwards Drive
North Kansas City, MO 64116
Phone: 816.691.2000

MNU Europe
Junkerstrasse 68-70
78266 Büsingen, Germany
Phone: 913.971.3261

Office Hours
Most University offices are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.