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Join Us for the 2016 Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition

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

Watch a Replay of the Performance!

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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

Information For Our Guests

Experience the thrill of competition during live performances on our 10,010-pipe Aeolian organ in Longwood's historic ballroom. Find out more and buy tickets.

Stay all week and join us for these exciting events:

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

Final Round

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

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

Lectures

Organ Crawls: Spend the day listening to some of the world’s finest organs.

If you have any questions regarding the 2016 International Organ Competition, please email organcompetition@longwoodgardens.org or call 610.388.5457.

Information For Our Competitors

Competition Rules
Application
Repertoire
2016 Competition Jury
Prizes
About the Longwood Organ

Past Event

2013 Organ Competition

JuryThe inaugural Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition drew musicians from around the world to compete for the largest cash award for an organ competition anywhere: the $40,000 Pierre S. du Pont First Prize. Open to organists between the ages of 18 and 30, the Competition began with a qualification round that featured performers from nine different countries. An audition jury comprising six esteemed members of the organ community anonymously evaluated the competitors' audition recordings and selected 10 of the organ world's brightest rising stars to compete live before a panel of renowned judges in a quest for the top prize. Benjamin Sheen was awarded the Pierre S. du Pont First Prize on June 22, 2013.

Visit our Garden Shop for the competition CD or for a digital copy, click here.

Listen to the program from the 2013 Competition, broadcasted on Pipedreams' "Longwood Laureates".  Michael Barone, host and senior executive producer of Pipedreams, will return to host the 2016 Competition.

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