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.
During the week-long 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. Students also attend a master class with visiting organist Ken Cowan, Professor of Organ and head of the organ program at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music (Houston, TX). The Organ Academy concludes with a student performance on the Longwood Organ. Students must be at least 18 years old to participate.
When a student is selected to participate in the Longwood Organ Academy, all housing and meals are provided in the cost of tuition.
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.
- Private lessons and studio classes with esteemed instructors Peter Richard Conte and Alan Morrison
- Master class with visiting organist Ken Cowan
- Rehearsals on the Longwood Organ
- Workshops focused on symphonic organ transcriptions
- Local organ tours
- Student performance on the Longwood Organ