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Designed as a summer academy for college students, Longwood Gardens provides students with the unique opportunity to study organ transcriptions.

During the week-long virtual academy, students study with Longwood Principal Organist Peter Richard Conte and Alan Morrison, Haas Charitable Trust Chair in Organ Studies at the Curtis Institute of Music, providing valuable insight into the world of symphonic organ. The virtual Organ Academy will conclude with a virtual performance recorded on the last day of the academy and then released at a later date.

Although this year’s Longwood Organ Academy is being held virtually, Peter Richard Conte will teach from the console of 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 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 virtual lessons and virtual studio classes with esteemed instructors Peter Richard Conte and Alan Morrison
  • Workshops focused on symphonic organ transcriptions
  • Virtual organ tours
  • Recorded student performance

About the Longwood Organ
About the Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition

For more information regarding the Longwood Organ Academy, please contact Associate Director of Performing Arts Programming Emily Moody at:


Telephone: 610.388.5452