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 principal bassist of the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Savannah Philharmonic and Ocmulgee Symphony Orchestra. In the jazz field, he has performed at hundreds of establishments with various jazz artists, including Dave Brubeck and George Benson.
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. Dr. Leavitt is currently the lecturer of contrabass at Valdosta State University. He has taught at Bowling Green State 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; and The Inner Game.