Tod Leavitt

Tod Leavitt

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Tod Leavitt is a classical and jazz bassist. He has performed professionally on both the acoustic and electric basses for over twenty years. As a classical bassist, Dr. Leavitt has performed with dozens of symphony orchestras throughout the United States and has been a featured soloist with: Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp Festival Orchestra featuring the James Niblock Double Bass Concerto (2010); the Macomb Symphony Orchestra; the Great Lakes Symphony Orchestra; and the Xavier University Chamber Orchestra. He is currently the Lecturer of contrabass at Valdosta State University, principal bassist of the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra (since 2008) and principal bassist of the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp Festival Orchestra (since 2001). He is a member of the Savannah Philharmonic and has performed with The Charleston Symphony Orchestra and the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Leavitt completed two BA degrees (music performance and music education) at Michigan State University with Virginia Bodman and Peter Dominguez, an MA at the University of California, San Diego with Bertram Turetzky, and DMA at The Ohio State University with Dr. Paul Robinson; he also studied with Barry Green, François Rabbath, and Paul Ellison at the University of Cincinnati, CCM. He has taught at Bowling Green State University, Northern Kentucky University, Earlham College, Macomb Community College, and Xavier University. Classes he has directed or taught include: chamber music; jazz combo: jazz history; music history; music theory; orchestration; popular music in America; the history of rock and roll online.