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2019 International Organ Competition

The 2019 Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition was open to organists between the ages of 18 and 30. The competition began with a qualification round featuring applicants from around the world. An audition jury of six esteemed members of the organ community anonymously evaluated the competitors’ audition recordings and selected 10 of the world’s brightest young talents to compete live before a panel of renowned judges in a quest for the top prize.

Congratulations to our 2019 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



The Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition is a member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions.

Special thanks to Grafton Piano & Organ for providing practice organs for our competitors.

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