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International Organ Competition

International Organ Competition
Organ Series

Dates & Price

June 18–22, 2019


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.

Congratulations to our Winners!

Pierre S. du Pont First Prize

Sebastian Heindl

Firmin Swinnen Second Prize

Bryan Anderson

Clarence Snyder Third Prize

Colin MacKnight

Audience Choice Prize

Sebastian Heindl

AGO Philadelphia Chapter Prize

Sebastian Heindl

2019 International Organ Competition WinnersLeft to right: Sebastian Heindl, Bryan Anderson, and Colin MacKnight

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.

View the Recording of Our Competition!

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Find out more about the Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition. 

Final Round Features 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.