Meet the Composer/Conductor/Pianist/Teacher!

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Dr. Leavitt has directed countless Festivals for Communities, Schools, and Churches with all ages, Church Music Workshops, Hymn Festivals, and Piano and Organ Dedication Recitals.

If you would like to discuss hosting me for your event, please describe the date(s), location, nature of the event, and who it’s for. Use the “Contact” tab and I’ll respond to your email promptly.

No matter what you need, John Leavitt is it!   He is a superb composer, conductor and workshop leader, keeping both choir members and workshop participants on the edge of their seats with his exceptional musicianship and entertaining style (amidst rigorous performance expectations and most informative sessions), and his well-crafted anthems and larger works envelope choir and listener in grand and glorious moments of bliss.   Whether leading  college choirs, community singers, or church directors and their choristers, he is magnificent!

Dr. Sandra Billy, Director

The Center for Sacred Music

Virginia Wesleyan College


John Leavitt’s rehearsals are so inspiring because they exemplify what he is best at – creating beautiful music by being inclusive of and responsive to every singer.  In addition to his excellent conducting skills and thorough knowledge of his musical vision, he has the rare gift to make each individual feel as though they are the only one there in the room by modeling genuine respect and care for each singer.  The atmosphere seems relaxed, there is always a reminder to the choirs that they can keep striving to a higher level of excellence, but always with that special added “Leavitt touch”.

Sue Young, Conductor Emeritus
Northbrook Community Choir
Northbrook, Illinois


John Leavitt has visited our church numerous times to work with our choirs.  The energy and expertise that he brings to his music making has had a lasting impact on our music ministry.  He has a joyful approach to singing that brings out the best in everyone!

Denise Makinson, Director
Worship Ministries
Southwood Lutheran Church
Lincoln, NE

CHRISTMAS TIDINGS now available for piano

10 Traditional Carols are expertly arranged by John, appropriate for church services, recitals, or personal enjoyment. Includes: Coventry Carol • Deck the Hall • He Is Born, the Holy Child • The Holly and the Ivy • O Christmas Tree • O Holy Night • Sing We Now of Christmas • Still, Still, Still • Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day • While by My Sheep.

To see sample pages and soundbites, CLICK HERE.

ORDER Christmas Tidings, Piano Music Book Folio: $10.99

Commission John to Write New Music!

If you’re interested in commissioning a new piece of music, I’d be happy to talk with you about it. It could be a choral anthem or larger choral work, a song cycle, piano or organ arrangements, a work for orchestra, or other ensemble.
Let me know what your desired time frame is, voicing (choral), ensemble type (instrumental), or solo work, difficulty level, style, and dedication. We can discuss text if it is a choral/vocal work. When we’ve come to a mutual understanding, we’ll sign a letter of agreement spelling out the details of the commission which usually requires a down payment to begin the work. Use the “Contact” tab to contact me and I’ll respond to your email promptly.

Recent and upcoming commissions include:

  • Carol Sing! Medley of familiar carols for chorus and full orchestra for the 2014 Holiday Concert at the University of Colorado.  Premiered December 2014.
  • A Christmas Work for Brass Choir and Percussion for the 2015 Holiday Concert at the University of Colorado. Premier: December 2015.
  • A Christmas Work for Choir and Full Orchestra for the 2016 New York Festival Holiday Concert for premier in Carnegie Hall and sponsored by Sechrist Travel. Premier: Thanksgiving 2016.
  • A Choral Anthem in honor of Jean Romig, Director of Music, Trinity Lutheran Church, Leavenworth, KS for her service to the church upon her retirement. Premiere: August 2015.
  • Sim Shalom, a choral work for the 75th Anniversary of the Celebration Singers (Community Choir) of New Jersey. Premiere: March 2014.