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 du Pont was an organ aficionado who, in 1930, replaced the original organ with a much larger, custom-designed Aeolian model that remains in Longwood’s Conservatory to this day.
With the goal of returning The Longwood Organ to its 1930 splendor, a team of experts began a seven-year restoration process in 2004. They completely rewired, repainted, re-leathered and refurbished virtually every element of The Longwood Organ.
In May 2012, American Public Media broadcast an episode of Pipedreams titled "Longwood Revisited" which highlighted the history and restoration of The Longwood Organ. Listen to the program here.
Upcoming Longwood Organ Concerts
Sing along to the sounds of the season played on The Longwood Organ.
Celebrate the season with local choirs and musicians.
Isabelle Demers is rapidly becoming recognized as one of North America’s most virtuosic organists.
Jeremy Flood is an Assistant Wanamaker Grand Court Organist at Macy's, Center City Philadelphia.
Brian Jones, one of America’s most highly regarded church musicians, is Emeritus Director of Music and Organist at Trinity Church, Copley Square, Boston.
Organist Andrew Senn is Director of Music and Organist at The First Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia.
In June 2013 Benjamin Sheen, 23, was crowned the first-ever winner of the Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition.