Leroy Anderson Foundation Projects


The Foundation seeks to create partnerships with others to further the foundation's goal of honoring Leroy Anderson and supporting music and music education.

The foundation supports music performance and music education through charitable support of:




Music Performances and Music Education

The Leroy Anderson Foundation is pleased to support music performances and music education in 2017 of the Woodbury Senior Community Center in Woodbury, Connecticut; the Gunn Memorial Library in Washington, Connecticut; the Naugatuck Community Choir in Naugatuck, Connecticut; the Northeast Connecticut Community Orchestra in Woodstock, Connecticut; the Connecticut Valley Symphony Orchestra in West Hartford, Connecticut; and the Southbury Public Library in Southbury, Connecticut. Please contact the respective organization for dates of upcoming performances.


Special projects

Exhibits about the life and music of composer
Leroy Anderson

Exhibits about Leroy Anderson have been created and presented in various places, including: the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota; the Yale University Music Library in New Haven, Connecticut; Kristianstad City Library in Kristianstad, Sweden; Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, Connecticut, Whittemore Memorial Library in Naugatuck, Connecticut and in Woodbury, Connecticut where the composer lived for many years. Please contact the Leroy Anderson Foundation if would like to host an exhibit about Leroy Anderson as part of your performance of his music.


Past Exhibits

Mattatuck Museum

A Wonderland of Snow: The Life and Music of Leroy Anderson
November 19, 2015 - February 7, 2016

The Leroy Anderson Foundation is pleased to partner with the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, Connecticut in presenting an exhibit featuring Leroy Anderson. With materials borrowed from the Leroy Anderson Foundation, the Mattatuck Museum is honoring the life and music of Leroy Anderson who made his home in nearby Woodbury, Connecticut.

The museum describes the exhibit with these words: "Leroy Anderson was a composer of orchestral songs without words that have permeated the American culture. Using music, photographs, archives and other memorabilia, this exhibition explores the career of the man whose music has become a part of our everyday life."

The Mattatuck Museum is located at 144 West Main Street in downtown Waterbury, Connecticut on the north side of the Waterbury Green. The Mattatuck Museum is closed on Mondays. The museum is open Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Sundays: 12 noon - 5:00 p.m. Please note that the galleries are cleared 15 minutes before closing. The museum will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year Day.

Admission: Museum Members: Free, Adults: $7, Seniors (65+) and Students with valid College I.D: $6, Children under 16: Free.


Leroy Anderson Exhibit

The Howard Whittemore Memorial Library presented an exhibit from December 1 to December 29, 2012 about the life and music of Leroy Anderson in cooperation with The Leroy Anderson Foundation. The exhibit was titled "A Sleigh Ride Together With You".

A reception for the exhibit took place Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 2 pm at the Whittemore Library. Rolf Anderson and Kurt Anderson, two sons of the composer, presented the PBS documentary film "Once Upon A Sleigh Ride" about their father. This film was produced and directed by Peter Rosen. Following refreshments, William Braun presented a program of music for solo piano. Mr. Braun presented works by Leroy Anderson, Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, Virgil Thompson and Ned Rorem.

The Howard Whittemore Memorial Library is located at 243 Church Street, Naugatuck, Connecticut. The library is adjacent to the town hall and across from the town green. Parking is on the street. The library is open on Monday 12 - 6, Tuesday and Wednesday 10 - 8, Thursday 10 - 6, Friday 10 - 4, and Saturday 10 - 2. For other information call: 203.729.4591. www.whittemorelibrary.org/.



The Woodbury Public Library in Woodbury, Connecticut presented an exhibit about the life and music of Leroy Anderson in 2012. The exhibit was titled "A Sleigh Ride Together With You".

A reception for the exhibit took place Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 2 pm at the Woodbury Library. Rolf Anderson, a son of the composer, presented a short video and spoke about his father.

Both the exhibit and the reception were open to the public free of charge. The exhibit was on display for the months of January and February 2012.



     Leroy Anderson House

National Register of Historic Places

Leroy Anderson House

Composer's Home Named to NRHP

The National Park Service named The Leroy Anderson House to the National Register of Historic Places on December 31, 2012. The house contains an exhibit about Leroy Anderson and is occasionally open to the public. For information about visiting the Leroy Anderson House, see the Woodbury page on this website.

Leroy Anderson Bandstand

The Leroy Anderson Memorial Bandstand on Woodbury's North Green was built by the Woodbury Lions Club in 1986. The West Point Military Academy Band gave a concert on the North Green in 1986 as part of the dedication ceremony to honor Leroy Anderson. The West Point Military Academy Band performed several compositions written by Leroy Anderson as well as traditional patriotic music. The concert was attended by several hundred residents. Leroy Anderson was a Captain in the U.S. Army during World War II. He served in Iceland in the U.S. Army Counter Intelligence Corps and as Chief of the Scandinavian Desk of Military Intelligence at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

The Leroy Anderson Memorial Bandstand is within Woodbury's Historic District #1 which is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Leroy Anderson Memorial Bandstand on Woodbury's North Green is maintained by the Town of Woodbury which owns the Woodbury North Green. The Pomperaug Valley Garden Club maintains a beautiful garden of perennial and annual flowering pants at the Leroy Anderson Memorial Bandstand. The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut gave the Pomperaug Valley Garden Club an award in 2015 for the flower garden at the bandstand. The Leroy Anderson family is pleased to provide financial support to the Pomperaug Valley Garden Club for their good work in maintaining flower gardens at all of Woodbury's Town Greens.

For Music Directors

Performances of the music of composer Leroy Anderson

The Leroy Anderson Foundation is writing a history about the composer Leroy Anderson. The book will include a chapter describing the popularity of Leroy Anderson's music in Europe. We would like to include information about performances of his music with a special focus on the centennial year 2008. Please help by sending information about your performances of Leroy Anderson's music. We appreciate receiving text in the original language. Physical copies of concert programs are of special interest for the archives. We appreciate, however, receiving a digital file via e-mail.

If we receive information about future concerts well in advance, we can help to publicize the concert through the newsletter page of the official website for the composer: leroyanderson.com. Musicians as well as listeners may send comments about Leroy Anderson's music in their native language to the Guestbook page of the composer's official website: leroyanderson.com. Your comments will help us to present a European perspective about Leroy Anderson's music.


Charles River Esplanade Hatch Shell

The "Hatch Shell" on the Charles River Esplanade in Boston, Massachusetts was where the Boston Pops gave free summer concerts and where the annual July 4th concert is presented. Many important musicians have been honored by having their names placed on the "Hatch Shell." The Massachusetts Dept of Conservation and Recreation has recently announced that Leroy Anderson is one of 10 composers whose names will be added to the "Hatch Shell". The Leroy Anderson Foundation is working with several partners in Boston to make this happen. You can help get Leroy Anderson’s name on the "Hatch Shell" on the Charles River Esplanade by making a contribution to the Leroy Anderson Foundation. Thank you.


This page was last updated January 17, 2018.