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The Longwood Organ

Composed of 10,010 pipes divided into 146 ranks, the Longwood Organ is the largest Aeolian organ ever constructed in a residential setting. Pierre du Pont was an organ aficionado who, in 1930, replaced the original organ with a much larger, custom-designed Aeolian model that remains in Longwood’s Conservatory to this day.

With the goal of returning The Longwood Organ to its 1930 splendor, a team of experts began a seven-year restoration process in 2004. They completely rewired, repainted, re-leathered and refurbished virtually every element of The Longwood Organ.

In May 2012, American Public Media broadcast an episode of Pipedreams titled "Longwood Revisited" which highlighted the history and restoration of The Longwood Organ. Listen to the program here.

Our International Organ Competition in 2013 was also broadcasted on Pipedreams' "Longwood Laureates".  Listen to that program here. For a digital copy available for purchase, click here.

Visit our Garden Shop for Peter Richard Conte's Organ CD or for a digital copy, click here.

Upcoming Longwood Organ Concerts

Live Organ Demonstrations

Free with Gardens admission. Enjoy a free live organ demonstration with Principal Organist Peter Richard Conte.

Organ Lecture & Demo

Enjoy a free demo and insight into our pipe organ from Principal Organist Peter Richard Conte.

Andrew Heller

Andrew Heller is Director of Music at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Ardmore, PA and at the Main Line Reform Temple Beth Elohim in Wynnewood, PA.

Ken Cowan and Lisa Shihoten

Organist Ken Cowan and violinist Lisa Shihoten combine forces in an exciting program of virtuoso works for violin and organ.

Peter Richard Conte

Peter Richard Conte performs works featuring Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier Suite and Four Last Songs with soprano Clara Rottsolk.

Jeffrey Fowler

Organist Jeffrey Fowler has been working as a church musician in the Philadelphia and Detroit metropolitan areas since 1970.

Joshua Stafford

Come experience an exciting organ performance by the most recent winner of the Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition.

David Furniss

David Furniss is Minister of Music at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, a position he has held since 1987.