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About Us

Welcome to the Lister-Sink Foundation, Inc. website. We are happy that you are visiting our website and hope that the information you find here might be of assistance to you in some way.

Mission Statement

The Lister-Sink Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit public charity dedicated to giving financial support to pianists and organists for prevention of, or rehabilitation from, playing-related injuries, and to maximize their musical artistry through the development of well-coordinated, injury-preventive technique.  Established in 2011, the Lister-Sink Foundation, Inc. offers scholarships for retraining with qualified teachers, as well as medical treatment from acknowledged experts in the healthcare profession.  Additionally, it provides funds for training in the pedagogy of scientifically informed and artistically inspired injury-preventive technique.


What is our Purpose?

The Lister-Sink Foundation, Inc. was established in 2011 as a not-for-profit public charity by an anonymous donor to further the mission of Barbara Lister-Sink to help reduce unnecessary playing-related injury among pianists and organists, and to help them obtain effective training in injury-preventive keyboard technique. By offering financial assistance, the Foundation hopes to help educate students, teachers and performers to the potential causes of injury, as well as to help guide the injured keyboard musician toward creditable sources for diagnosis, rehabilitation and retraining. The Lister-Sink Foundation, Inc. also hopes to raise awareness of the significant injuries that continue to plague the music keyboard world, and to impart a sense of urgency to the music and medical professions to find effective, scientifically grounded approaches to injury-preventive technique and pedagogy.

Ultimately, it is the hope of the trustees, donors and funding recipients of the Lister-Sink Foundation, Inc. to help pianists and organists avoid altogether the tragic waste of talent, time, careers and musical dream.


Who May Receive Financial Support?

The Lister-Sink Foundation, Inc. gives financial support to qualified advanced students, teachers and performers to

            • retrain their keyboard technique in the principles of injury-preventive, biomechanically

              efficient body use at the instrument

            • study the most effective, pedagogically and scientifically informed pedagogies for

               teaching injury-preventive technique


In addition, the Lister-Sink Foundation, Inc. provides support to help injured pianists and organists

            • receive accurate diagnoses from highly qualified healthcare professionals who are

               informed about the latest research in performing arts medicine.

            • receive the most effective treatment for the injuries

            • receive the most helpful therapy for rehabilitation

            • acquire training that enhances their ability to communicate clearly with the healthcare


            • understand and eliminate injurious habits and retrain healthful habits and technique


It also provides funding to help keyboard musicians receive accurate diagnoses and effective treatment and rehabilitation for those already afflicted with playing-related injuries.


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