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The Longwood Organ Academy

Designed as a summer academy for college students, Longwood Gardens provides students with the unique opportunity to study organ transcriptions on one of the world's largest symphonic organs. Facilitating this academy are Peter Richard Conte, Longwood Principal organist, and Alan Morrison, Haas Charitable Trust Chair in Organ Studies at the Curtis Institute of Music. Both instructors will provide students with valuable insight into the world of symphonic organ. 

During the week-long Organ Academy, students will study with renowned instructors Peter Richard Conte and Alan Morrison. The Organ Academy will conclude with a student performance on the Longwood Organ that is free with Gardens admission.

When a student is selected to participate in the Longwood Organ Academy, all housing and meals will be provided in the cost of tuition. 

The Longwood Organ is composed of 10,010 pipes divided into 146 ranks and is the largest Aeolian organ ever constructed in a residential setting. Pierre S. du Pont was an organ aficionado who, in 1930, replaced the original Longwood organ with a much larger, custom-designed Aeolian model that remains in Longwood's Conservatory to this day. 

Program Highlights

  • Private lessons and studio classes with esteemed instructors Peter Richard Conte and Alan Morrison
  • Rehearsals on the Longwood Organ
  • Master classes with visiting organists
  • Workshops on symphonic organ transcriptions
  • Trip to the Wanamaker Organ in Philadelphia
  • Student performance on the Longwood Organ 

About the Longwood Organ
About the Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition

For more information regarding the Longwood Organ Academy, please contact Longwood Gardens Performing Arts at:


Telephone: (610) 388-5457