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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.

For the second time, our International Organ Competition took place in the summer of 2016. The CD of finalists is available online or in our GardenShop. For a digital copy available for purchase, click here.

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

Upcoming Longwood Organ Concerts

Organ Sing-Alongs

Free with Gardens Admission. Sing along to the sounds of the season played on The Longwood Organ.

Organ Concerts

Free with Gardens Admission. Listen to the sounds of the season played on The Longwood Organ.

Todd Wilson

Todd Wilson performs thrilling transcriptions by Edwin H. Lemare and Edwin Arthur Kraft, as well as Julius Reubke’s Sonata on the 94th Psalm.

Parker Kitterman

Parker Kitterman is Director of Music and Organist at Christ Church, Philadelphia, and a piano accompanist for the Singing City Choir.

Live Organ Demonstrations

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

Michael Smith

Minister of Music at St. Thomas’ Church, Whitemarsh, Michael Smith has performed recitals and accompanied choirs around the world.

David Briggs

Internationally renowned organist David Briggs performs organ accompaniment to the classic silent film The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923).

David Christopher

David Christopher is Organist/Director of Music at the Episcopal Church of Sts Andrew & Matthew, and Conductor/Music Director of Delaware ChoralArts.