Dear Colleague,

Because of your interest in the organ, I am sending you this newsletter. The Leupold Foundation’s mission is the preservation, reproduction, and dissemination of the culture of the pipe organ. If you would like to learn more about The Leupold Foundation, go to; and The Leupold Archives, go to Many exciting things have been happening; 2018 was a very good year!


Archival Donations

Dan Locklair (8 solo organ scores; 3 facsimiles); Tony Thurman (7 manuscripts of organ and choral scores by McNeil Robinson, 1 doctoral dissertation); Clifford Gerenz (179 solo organ scores); Robert Thompson (23 solo organ scores, 2 hymnals, 3 books, 44 LP’s/CD’s, 5 framed letters and pictures); Dawn Riske (12 solo organ scores); Margaret and John Mueller (1419 solo organ scores, 4 recital programs); Richard Webb (21 solo organ scores, 2 books); Alan Barthel (291 solo organ scores, 2 very rare books, 3 LP’s/CD’s, 1 program);
Carson Cooman (23 unusual solo organ scores, 2 LP’s/CD’s); Christine Harwell (1 solo organ score, 5 hymnals); Craig Cramer (10 solo organ scores); Raymond Hetherington (4 programs); Quentin and Murrell Faulkner (129 solo organ scores, 55 hymnals, 67 books, 5 LP’s/CD’s, 13 very large framed pictures of organ cases); Robert Plimpton (145 solo organ scores, 3 books, 1 LP/CD, 1 organ concerto with complete sets of multiple instrumental parts in manuscript and engraved).

Financial Donations

We continue to receive individual contributions. Two current and former board members are automatically making monthly withdrawals from their checking accounts for distribution to the foundation. All other board members made donations. A number of additional personal financial contributions also were received. We are very grateful and appreciative.


Because of the financial generosity described above, the foundation was able to purchase more acid-free storage boxes, acid-free folders, and a number of out-of-print books and facsimiles in 2018. We hope to continue such acquisitions in 2019.


We now have two part-time employees; Alex Dombrowski: our archivist and Rob Henley, his assistant; and two volunteers: Bill Osborne and Rob Ulrey. We now have over 9,700 items cataloged—all of the American organ music and about one-third of the English organ music. These cataloged items are now listed in a custom-designed database.


Size of Collection

During the last five years, the holdings of the archives have more than tripled! In December 2012, the collection of solo organ music and organ methods filled approximately 500, four-inch-high, acid-free boxes. It now takes almost 1,800, three-inch high, acid-free boxes to hold the solo organ music and organ methods. These boxes are arranged on 175 linear feet of seven-shelf metal library stacks. We anticipate having to purchase more acid-free boxes in 2019 to accommodate newly committed donations in 2019.


To allow for current needs and anticipated future growth, we decided to dedicate an entire second room in the building we own to the archives. This room contains most of the books; all the encyclopedias, dictionaries, periodicals; the archivist’s main desk and a future work station for audio equipment.

Use of Collection

In 2018 the archives received the following visitors, donors, and researchers: Murray Somerville (researching for his publication of the organ works of G. W. Chadwick), and Alan Barthal (board member and resident volunteer for a week).



Currently, the Leupold Foundation and The Leupold Archives each have an informational page on the website of Wayne Leupold Editions. It is our hope this year to revise the website so that the company (Wayne Leupold Editions) the foundation (The Leupold Foundation), and the archives (The Leupold Archives) will have equal attention/billing on the home page. When this occurs the database of the currently cataloged organ music will be put on the website so that interested researchers will begin to know what we have.


Open House 2019

On Saturday, February 28th, 2019 we had our first open house to welcome a visit by the members of the Piedmont Chapter of the American Guild of Organs, faculty and students from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Salem College, and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Attached are pictures of the displays throughout the hallways and of the stacks in the two main rooms. One room contains LP’s on the bottom shelves and acid-free boxes holding organ music on the upper shelves. A second room contains books and many shelves of CD’s.


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Outreach Exhibits

The archives have begun doing exhibits of selected material from its holdings in coordination with organ recitals and concerts in the area. Each exhibit focuses on selected items of one or more composers who are represented in the recital/concert.

The first such exhibit was done in conjunction with an organ recital by Adam Micah Ward sponsored by the Piedmont Chapter of the American Guild of Organists at Ebenezer Lutheran Church in Greensboro, NC on August 6, 2017. The exhibit focused on Felix Mendelssohn and contained music (both original and transcriptions), articles, and books. 

The second display was done in conjunction with a member’s recital of the Piedmont Chapter of the American Guild of Organists at First Baptist Church in Greensboro on September 7, 2018. It focused on holdings related to Johannes Brahms and Charles Villiers Stanford.

The third exhibit was in the reception area of Shirley Recital Hall at Salem College, Winston-Salem, NC following a concert of The Bach Aria Group of the Salem Bach Festival on September 13, 2018. This exhibit contained selected early first editions of the organ music, articles and books all by or associated with J. S. Bach.

The fourth exhibit was in the reception area of Christ United Methodist Church following the organ recital of Jack Mitchener on October 19, 2018 in the Music for a Great Space series. It focused on holdings of facsimiles of manuscripts, first manuscript-facsimile editions, engraved editions, correspondence, photos, and awards of two local North Carolina organ composers, Dan Locklair and Margaret Sandresky.

More such exhibits have already occurred in and are planned for 2019.

Benefit Recital

On October 29,2017. Dr. André Lash gave a benefit recital for the foundation, co-sponsored by the Piedmont Chapter of the American Organists, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Winston-Salem, NC. His recital consisted entirely of unusual and little-known organ repertoire all of which he found in the archives.



Designated Files and Collections

The Leupold Archives has created two composer/performer/scholar “designations”: (1) designated files and (2) designated collections. Designated files contain, in addition to music (manuscript and published), copies of articles, monographs, other objective information, and general documents. Designated collections, in addition to music (manuscripts and published), copies of articles, monographs, other objective information, and general documents, also contain unique items, such as original correspondence (to and from that person), photos, and other one-of-a-kind memorabilia. A “collection” is intended to be a comprehensive assemblage of materials that present, as much as possible, an in-depth understanding of the life of that individual: who the person was, how they lived, what they did, and the significance of their work. Currently we have created the following designated files and collections:
Designated Files
Johann Sebastian Bach
John Barr
Johannes Brahms
Alfred Fedak
César Franck
Alexandre Guilmant
Felix Mendelssohn
Rachel Laurin
Designated Collections
Marcel Dupré
Maurice Duruflé
George and Nancy Faxon
Lynnwood Farnam
Arthur Poister
Ernest White
McNeil Robinson


We are prepared to receive gifts and bequests in any form—music, books, memorabilia, cash, stock, and real estate. Inquiries about memorial gifts, endowed designated files and collections, and deferred giving opportunities are welcome at any time.


Life should be meaningful!

I believe that the purpose of life is to be useful, responsible, and compassionate; to matter, to stand for something, and to make a positive difference in some small way, so that the world is a better place tomorrow than it was yesterday. The Leupold Foundation was created to make such a difference by being a gift to the future of “all things organ,” especially its repertoire, who wrote it, how it was and is played, who taught it, and who recorded it. I welcome your help.

My best wishes to you in 2019!

Wayne Leupold
Founder, The Leupold Foundation
               The Leupold Archives


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