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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.

Stop list for the Longwood Organ.

Organ Information Sheet.

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 and Demo

Free with Gardens admission. Enjoy a free organ demonstration and insight into Longwood’s magnificent 10,010-pipe Aeolian organ.

James O'Donnell

James O’Donnell is Organist and Master of the Choristers of Westminster Abbey in London and is in charge of directing the music for all events at Westminster Abbey.

Jackson Borges

Free with Gardens admission. Jackson Borges is Parish Director of Music & Organist for the Episcopal Parish of All Saints & St. George’s Chapel in Rehoboth Beach.

Neil Harmon

Free with Gardens admission. Neil Harmon enjoys a career as long-time Director of Music and Organist at Grace United Methodist Church in Wilmington, Delaware.

Paul Jacobs

The first and only organist to ever win a Grammy, Paul Jacobs' probing intellect and technical skills showcase the organ's repertoire.

Rebecca Kleintop Owens

Free with Gardens admission. Rebecca Kleintop Owens is the Director of Music and Organist at Central Moravian Church and adjunct faculty member at Moravian College.

Open Organ Console Day

Free with Gardens admission. Join in the excitement and have your five minutes of fame on The Longwood Organ.

Eric Plutz

Free with Gardens admission. As university organist at Princeton, Eric Plutz coordinates the weekly After Noon Concert Series at the University Chapel.

International Organ Competition

10 of the organ world’s brightest young talents compete before a panel of top judges in a quest for the Pierre S. du Pont First Prize.