Tod Leavitt Portrait

Tod Leavitt

Lecturer in Music, Contrabass

  • Doctor of Musical Arts
    Ohio State University

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; the Macomb Symphony Orchestra; the Great Lakes Symphony Orchestra; and the Xavier University Chamber Orchestra. He has given world premieres of works by Jon Deak and Frank Proto. Dr. Leavitt is currently the Lecturer of contrabass at Valdosta State University, principal bassist of the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra and principal bassist of the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp Festival Orchestra. 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 (music performance) at the University of California, San Diego with Bertram Turetzky, and DMA (music performance) 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, Earlham College, Macomb Community College, Northern Kentucky University, and Xavier University. Classes he has directed or taught include: chamber music; jazz combo: jazz history; music appreciation; popular music in America; the history of rock and roll online; string methods and pedagogy; supervisor for music education.