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The Leupold Foundation


The mission of The Leupold Foundation is the reproduction, preservation, and dissemination of the culture of the pipe organ through:


- Scholarly and high-quality editions of organ music from all periods

- Instructional materials at all levels of organ study

- Educational materials on organ design, construction, history, literature, and performance practices

- Promotional material to advance a greater appreciation and understanding of the organ and organ music


Development of a music archive and research library


Distribution of new and used organ music and books


Grants for research, publications, and educational events Commissioning new, educational compositions for organ


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Questions and Answers

What is The Leupold Foundation?

The Leupold Foundation is a tax-exempt, non-profit, public charity under section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Government Internal Revenue Code.

When was it begun?

The concept was developed by Wayne Leupold over a five-year period (2003–2007), and the foundation was established in January of 2008.

What is its mission?

The mission of The Leupold Foundation is the preservation, reproduction, and dissemination of the culture of the pipe organ, and, to a lesser extent, the culture of other musical instruments, from all centuries and national schools.

Why was The Leupold Foundation created?

It was founded by Wayne Leupold out of a desire to have an organization to fulfill the above-stated mission. While there are aspects of this mission that are similar to the work of a few other organizations, none fulfill all of the above-stated missions. 

How does The Leupold Foundation accomplish its mission?

Its mission is accomplished through a number of primary and secondary purposes.

What are the foundation's primary purposes?

The primary purposes are:

1. to publish scholarly and high-quality editions of organ music from all historical periods for general use;

2. to publish instructional materials intended for persons interested in learning to play the organ;

3. to publish materials to educate both organists and the general public concerning the design, construction, and history of the organ, its literature, and the performance practices of its literature; and

4. to publish materials promoting public appreciation for and understanding of the musical literature composed specifically for the organ.

How is the foundation to accomplish these primary purposes?

The foundation shall accomplish these primary purposes through the creation, funding, and operation of one or more divisions.

1. The publication of materials is to be accomplished by the foundation's Publishing Division, which shall conduct its activities under the name "Wayne Leupold Editions." Within the Publishing Division, funding shall be allocated to such publications prioritized as follows: (1) scholarly and high-quality editions of new and old organ music; (2) organ teaching materials; (3) books dealing with the design, construction, and history of the organ, organ literature, contemporary and historical organ performance practice, and related subjects; (4) new hymn tunes and texts; and (5) other types of music for any other musical instrument as may be determined by the Board of Directors (e.g., choral, harpsichord, clavichord, piano, handbells, etc.). This division will be activated when the current corporation, Wayne Leupold Editions, is transferred to The Leupold Foundation.

2. Preservation of the culture of the pipe organ is to be accomplished by the foundation's Archival Division, which shall conduct its activities under the name The Leupold Archives. The Archival Division is to be a music archive and research library, a repository of organ music and other related materials, which will be open to the public and private researchers by appointment, and the editors of Wayne Leupold Editions. The archives will also preserve the history of The Leupold Foundation, all its divisions, and publications. It is currently operative and has already received several significant gifts of organ music and books on musical topics.

3. Dissemination of the pipe organ culture will also be partially accomplished by the creation of a Music Service Distribution Division, under the name "Leupold Music." This music service may distribute new and second-hand music; books; and recordings; particularly, but not necessarily exclusively, related to the organ.

What are the foundation's secondary purposes?

The foundation's secondary purposes include the allocation of such additional funds, to engage in any additional educational or charitable activities, particularly for youth, that will further the promotion, use, and preservation of the organ, its performances, repertoire, and history, including the following activities, prioritized as follows:

1. underwrite programs, conferences, workshops, festivals, and summer camps related to education about the organ, particularly such events that are related to publications and research, or that employ, as part of the event, publications that have been funded by the foundation;

2. award grants, scholarships, and fellowships for research (anywhere in the world, including in The Leupold Archives) on historical and contemporary organ music, relevant historical organ performance practices, and organ construction and design;

3. commission new compositions for organ for educational (and possibly performance) purposes, only when requested by the foundation's Publishing Division;

4. fund recordings of organ music, especially works published or funded by the foundation; and

5. fund performances of organ music.

The foundation shall not focus on its "secondary purposes" as described above, until such time as: (1) the assets of the foundation are valued at least at $500,000, or (2) the assets and operations of Wayne Leupold Editions have been transferred to the foundation.

What are The Leupold Foundation's current activities?

1. The foundation has initiated The Leupold Foundation Scholarship in The American Guild of Organists Fund for the Pipe Organ Encounters (POE), an educational outreach program of The American Guild of Organists (AGO), the professional organization for organists in the United States. The Pipe Organ Encounters are regional summer organ institutes for youth thirteen to eighteen years of age. It provides private and group instruction and the opportunity for young musicians to interact with others similarly interested in the organ. The AGO encourages the creation of endowed scholarships to underwrite the costs of needy young people attending the POEs.

2. Ongoing development and enlargement of The Leupold Archives.

How is The Leupold Foundation governed?

It is governed by a rotating board of directors, currently nine; each director serves for three years. Three directors rotate off each year and are replaced by three new directors, who will each serve for three years. At all times, a majority of the board members must have had significant training at and education about the organ and be professionally involved with the organ.

What do the various divisions of the foundation need to do to accomplish their purposes and fulfill the mission of the foundation?

Because The Leupold Foundation is a public charity, it must receive support from the general public, not from just one large benefactor or founder. Assistance from the public can be obtained by donations of:

1. Money. Currently, some of the money given will become part of the principal of The Leupold Foundation's endowment for the long-term financial security of the foundation. Wayne Leupold will strive to match every dollar given. All such gifts by donors are tax-deductible.

2. Time and talent through various fund-raising events, such as concerts, auctions, and varied social events and gatherings.

3. Organ music and books, dealing with various aspects of the organ and the culture of the pipe organ, may be donated to The Leupold Archives. All such donations are tax-deductible.

For any assistance you can provide, the board, in particular, and the organ world, in general, will be most appreciative.

Will you help us?

The Board of Directors, The Leupold Foundation

Wayne Leupold, Founder

2017 Board of Directors

Craig Cramer, DMA: Professor of Organ at the University of Notre Dame

Calvert Johnson, DM: Charles A. Dana Professor Emeritus of Music and College Organist Emeritus at Agnes Scott College and Organist at First Presbyterian Church in Marietta, Georgia

Bill Allred, DMA: Director of Music/Organist at Guilford Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, North Carolina

André Lash, DMA: adjunct faculty at University of North Carolina-Greensboro; Organist at Christ United Methodist Church in Greensboro, North Carolina

Kimberly Marshall, DPhil: Patricia and Leonard Goldman Endowed Professorship in Organ at Arizona State University

Iteke Prins, AAGO, CAGO, ChM.AGO, Sp AGO: composer published by six publishing companies; formerly Organist and Choirmaster at Blooming Grove Reformed Church in Rensselaer, New York

Alan Barthel, MM, MSM, MTh: formerly Executive Director of the Presbyterian Association of Musicians

Lynne Davis, BM, Certificat d'Aptitude de Professeur d'Orgue (Republic of France): Associate Professor of Organ at Wichita State University School of Music in Kansas

Murray Somerville, DMA: formerly Harvard University Organist and Choirmaster

From the bylaws of The Leupold Foundation . . .

"[The foundation] is organized exclusively for specific charitable and educational purposes." (Article II, Section 1)

"In selecting specific projects to be undertaken or funded and in selecting products to be reproduced, the artistic merit of the potential project or product shall be accorded greater weight than the likelihood that the project or product shall produce revenue or profit. . . ." (Article II, Section 2)

"In establishing The Leupold Foundation, my intent was to create an institution that would preserve, reproduce, and disseminate the culture of the pipe organ . . . from all centuries and national schools." (Article X, Founder's Statement)

"[All decisions by the board of directors] should only occur for very good high-minded, non-selfish, non-self-enriching, and non-self-ingratiating reasons." (Article X, Founder's Statement)

Will you please assist us?

As a charitable foundation, The Leupold Foundation respectfully requests your assistance in fulfilling its mission. Contributions may be given in many forms:

Donating a financial gift

Organizing a fund-raiser

  • – concert/recital
  • – dinner
  • – social event
  • – auction

Contributing to the archives

  • – organ music
  • – books and/or other types of historical documents that relate to the organ or organ music

The Leupold Foundation is governed by a rotating board of directors in conjunction with its founder, Wayne Leupold. Inquiries concerning contributions or other matters may be addressed to:

The Leupold Foundation
8510 Triad Drive
Colfax, NC 27235 USA
phone: 336-996-8653
fax: 336-996-8445

Ultimately, Wayne Leupold Editions will become a part of the publications division of The Leupold Foundation.

The Leupold Foundation is a charitable foundation under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code.

All of the photographs are of the tracker organ in Kernersville Moravian Church, Kernersville, NC, built by the J.F. Nordlie Company–Pipe Organ Builders ( The photographs were taken by John G. Wolfe, III.

The Leupold Archives

A Division of The Leupold Foundation
(A Repository of the Past and Present, for Use in the Future)

The preservation of the culture of the pipe organ is accomplished by the foundation's Archival Division, which conducts its activities under the name of The Leupold Archives. This division is a music archive and research library, a repository of organ music and other related materials, open to the public and to private researchers by appointment, as well as to the editors of Wayne Leupold Editions.

The Leupold Archives' official inception was January 2008. Its current holdings were derived from a variety of sources: among them are the complete personal libraries of Wayne Leupold and many professional organists, e.g., Arthur Poister of Syracuse University; Mary Ann Dodd of Colgate University; George Opplinger of First Baptist Church in Syracuse, New York; and Robert Shamleffer. At one point, all the organ music from the library of the Guilmant Organ School was acquired. This school was housed for the first half of the twentieth century at the First Presbyterian Church in New York City.

The Leupold Archives is housed in two rooms totaling 1,000 square feet in a building of 5,500 square feet owned by Wayne Leupold that also houses Wayne Leupold Editions at 8510 Triad Drive, Colfax, North Carolina 27235. The floor, walls, ceilings, and heating and air conditioning of these two individual rooms have been carefully remodeled to control moisture and temperature in order to best preserve the materials. The entire collection of music has been placed into horizontal acid-free boxes on three hundred linear feet of multi-tiered, metal library shelving units.


The Leupold Archives follows the philosophy of The Leupold Foundation to focus on "all things organ." First. it welcomes donations of organ music and books on all aspects of the organ: its literature and the performance practices of organ music. Second, it welcomes contributions of organ recordings and organ memorabilia of any and all types. Third, it welcomes financial contributions. All such gifts are tax-deductible and used to fulfill the long-term mission to the world of the organ; thus making more of the organs' vast and rich heritage of music accessible to the public. We encourage and appreciate everyone's assistance.

If you find the mission worthwhile, please help support The Leupold Foundation and The Leupold Archives.

The permanent collection includes

  • – over 26,000 pieces of printed music (original works, transcriptions, anthologies, facsimiles, and music for organ and other instruments), covering all historical periods to the present;
  • – many first-edition works by lesser-known composers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries;
  • – over 3,000 books related to the organ and music in general;
  • – over 500 hymnals from the last four centuries;
  • – the largest collection of organ methods in the United States (more than 350);
  • – over 500 microfilms;
  • – organ and church music periodicals;
  • – numerous organ recordings (78s, 45s, LPs, and CDs); and
  • – the Archives of Wayne Leupold Editions and the Leupold Foundation.

Wayne Leupold Editions 8510 Triad Drive, Colfax, NC 27235, USA 800-765-3196