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International Organ Competition

International Organ Competition
Organ Series

Upcoming Dates

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Tuesday

June 18, 2019
2:00 pm 7:00 pm

Wednesday

June 19, 2019
2:00 pm 7:00 pm

Saturday

June 22, 2019
12:00 pm 6:00 pm

Dates & Price

June 18–22, 2019

Ballroom


Per Preliminary Round:
Reserved Seating: $30

Gardens Preferred and Gardens Premium Members: $25*

Final Round—Sold Out
Reserved Seating: $60

Gardens Preferred and Gardens Premium Members: $51*

Final Round tickets include both the 12:00 pm & 6:00 pm performance rounds

Ticket includes all-day Gardens Admission.


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, the largest cash prize of any organ competition in the world. Experience the preliminary and final rounds as 10 of the organ world's brightest young talents compete on the Longwood Organ–one of the world’s largest Aeolian pipe organs–before a panel of esteemed judges.

Learn more about our 2019 International Organ Competition competitors.

Tuesday, June 18

Preliminary Round 1 at 2:00 pm

Chase Loomer
Thomas Gaynor
Colin MacKnight

Preliminary Round 2 at 7:00 pm

Justin Maxey
Bryan Anderson

Wednesday, June 19

Preliminary Round 3 at 2:00 pm

Sebastian Heindl
Grant Wareham
Tyler Boehmer

Preliminary Round 4 at 7:00 pm

Nathaniel Gumbs
Rashaan Allwood

Saturday, June 22

Final Round, 12:00 pm & 6:00 pm—Sold Out

Tune in to Our Competition Livestream!

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Find out more about the Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition. 

Join an Organ Crawl to Philadelphia on Thursday, June 20 at 8:45 am—Sold Out

Join an Organ Crawl to Atlantic City on Friday, June 21 at 8:00 am.

Final Round to Feature To Longwood Gardens by Samuel Barber

Created as a companion piece to the full-length documentary Samuel Barber: Absolute Beauty and directed by H. Paul Moon, To Longwood Gardens explores the origins of famed American composer Samuel Barber’s first composition for organ. Barber’s To Longwood Gardens is an integral part of the 2019 Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition. The competition judges have chosen this work as a required piece for each competitor to play in the final round of the competition, and the AGO Philadelphia Chapter Prize will be awarded to the competitor who interprets and plays this piece with the most beauty. Barber wrote the piece in 1925 at 15 years of age, dedicating it to Longwood founder Pierre S. du Pont and describing it as a “melody of peace” intended to express one’s emotions while exploring Longwood. In this bonus clip, P.S du Pont Fellow Colvin Randall reads excerpts from Barber’s letter to du Pont and Peter Richard Conte performs the piece on The Longwood Organ.