Wayne Leupold holds the degrees Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts "with distinction" from Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN, where his organ study was with Philip Gehring. In 1966, he went to Syracuse University for graduate study with the renowned organist and teacher Arthur Poister; in due course, he earned a Master of Music degree in organ. Additional organ study was with Russell Saunders at the Eastman School of Music; David Johnson; Will Headlee at Syracuse University; and Robert Glasgow at the University of Michigan.

Also in 1966, Mr. Leupold won the organ competition sponsored by the Chicago Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and in 1968 was a finalist in the National Organ Competition sponsored by First Presbyterian Church, Fort Wayne, IN. In addition to presenting numerous recitals, he has been soloist with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, the Syracuse University Symphony Orchestra, and the Valparaiso University-Civic Orchestra.

Wayne Leupold has conducted extensive research into general nineteenth century performance practices and, in addition, into specific organ performance practices of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He specializes in the performance of organ literature from this period. Mr. Leupold has given workshops for numerous AGO chapters and has lectured and performed at many regional and national conventions of the AGO and the Organ Historical Society.

He is editor of The Romantic Organ Literature Series, the Romantic Sacred Choral Literature Series, The Church Organist's Library, The Wayne Leupold Organ Library, and a bimonthly journal of organ music entitled The Organist's Companion, all published by Belwin (Warner Bros. Publications). In total Wayne Leupold has edited over 150 volumes of organ music. In 1989 he formed the music publishing company Wayne Leupold Editions, Inc., with the purpose of publishing nineteenth- and twentieth-century organ and choral music. His most recent article, "The Performance Practices Relative to the Organ in the Romantic Era" appears in the new two-volume Grove's Handbook of Performance Practices.

In an effort to make much of the nineteenth-century organ repertoire more widely known, Mr. Leupold founded the International Romantic Organ Music Symposiums. The first symposium, held in 1979 at Cornell University, investigated the Mendelssohn-Schumann school of organ music. The second symposium, which explored the origins and the music of the conservative circle of composers in the French Romantic organ school, was held in 1984 in Milwaukee. The third symposium in 1988 in Chicago examined the life, music, and influence of Alexandre Guilmant.

In October 1996, Valparaiso University awarded Wayne Leupold its Distinguished Alumnus Award. This is the highest honor given by the Valparaiso University Alumni Association ". . .in recognition of significant personal and professional accomplishments".

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