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International Organ Competition

International Organ Competition

Dates & Price

See the Competition Live:

Per Preliminary Round:
Reserved Seating: $30
Members: $25

Final Round—Sold Out


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Preliminary Round One Full-Day
Includes admission to two Preliminary Round performances (2:00 & 7:00 pm) on June 14 or 15:
Reserved Seating: $50
Members: $42

Preliminary Round Two Full-Days
Includes admission to all Preliminary Round performances (2:00 & 7:00 pm) on June 14 and 15:
Reserved Seating: $100
Members: $84


All performances take place in the Ballroom.

Tickets sold via Ticket Philadelphia. Tickets limited. Sell out likely.

Organists from around the globe compete in the Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition for the $40,000 Pierre S. du Pont First Prize, featuring the largest cash prize of any organ competition in the world.

Winners Announced

The second Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition has come to a close and is proud to announce the winners:

Joshua Stafford—Pierre S. du Pont First Prize Winner.

  • Joshua Stafford—Pierre S. du Pont First Prize
  • Alcee Chriss III—Firmin Swinnen Second Prize
  • Colin MacKnight—Clarence Snyder Third Prize
  • Greg Zelek—Audience Choice Prize

Finalists Announced

The Preliminary Rounds of the International Organ Competition have concluded. We are pleased to announce the five finalists that will compete for the $40,000 Pierre S. du Pont First Prize on Saturday, June 18:

2016 Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition Finalists.

  • Alcee Chriss III, USA
  • Michael Hey, USA
  • Joshua Stafford, USA
  • Colin MacKnight, USA
  • Gregory Zelek, USA

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View the Competitors' Repertoire

Tuesday, June 14 at 2:00 & 7:00 pm
Wednesday, June 15 at 2:00 & 7:00 pm
Saturday, June 18 at 1:00 & 7:00 pm

Preliminary Rounds

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 2:00 pm

  • Alessandro Pittorino, Australia
  • Alcee Chriss III, USA
  • Ryan Kennedy, USA

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 7:00 pm

  • Adam Pajan, USA
  • Michael Hey, USA

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 2:00 pm

  • Thomas Gaynor, New Zealand
  • Joshua Stafford, USA
  • Colin MacKnight, USA

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 7:00 pm

  • Gregory Zelek, USA
  • Virgile Monin, France

Finals—Sold Out

Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 1:00 pm & 7:00 pm

  • Alcee Chriss III, USA
  • Joshua Stafford, USA
  • Michael Hey, USA
  • Gregory Zelek, USA
  • Colin MacKnight, USA

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Build your own concert series and save 10%. This discount can be applied when tickets to three separate performances are purchased in one transaction. Discount applies to performances sold through Ticket Philadelphia only. Only for individual round purchases.

Pre-Show Dining in 1906

Make a reservation for a pre-performance lunch or dinner in our fine dining restaurant, 1906. Reservations can be made via opentable.com or by calling 610.388.1000.

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Explore more about our International Organ Competition, including the history of the event.