While initially exploring a number of musical styles including popular music, Levi began to focus more on his classical writings in late high school. In 2011, Levi was blessed to receive a generous scholarship at the Eastman Community Music School and was encouraged the following year when he was awarded a prize in the Society for Chamber Music in Rochester’s Howard Hanson Young Composers Competition for his first string quartet. Shortly afterward, Levi decided to attend the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, where he has been studying composition under Bright Sheng, Michael Daugherty, Evan Chambers, and Kristen Kuster.
Levi’s composition Journey Through An American Wilderness (Water, Woodlands, Heights) was a winner in the Green Dot Journey Composition Competition, having been selected to represent the Mid-Atlantic region of the US in a world premier concert in Reno Nevada. In addition to receiving a generous cash prize, his work was featured in a concert series which traveled across the US and Canada. For information about the concert series, visit Ms. Porter’s website here.
Besides being featured in new music concerts at the University of Michigan, Levi was selected to participate in the 2014 Midwest Composers Symposium, a forum for composition schools such as Indiana University’s Jacob’s School of Music, the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, and University of Michigan’s School of Music Theatre and Dance. The symposium took place on November 17th, 2014 in Cincinnati. The following year, Levi collaborated in a join project involving the cello studio of Richard Aaron, the flute studio of Amy Porter, and the percussion studio of Joseph Gramley and Jonathan Ovalle.
This school year (2015-2016), Levi was commissioned by conductor Victor Minke Huls and the Ann Arbor Camerata to write a piece for one of the city’s string orchestras. Three Sketches of Unblemished Earth was premiered in April of 2016. Levi has also been commissioned by Victor Huls’ piano trio to write a new work for his ensemble — to be premiered next school year.
When Levi is not composing, he can be found performing, recording, and producing music. He has also enjoyed leading worship at different churches and camps. Besides his musical interests, Levi finds pleasure in cooking, gardening, and hiking beautiful trails in the Adirondack high peaks and Appalachian regions.