International Organ Competition Accepting Submissions through November 1

October 3, 2012
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KENNETT SQUARE, PA –Longwood Gardens presents the inaugural International Organ Competition, where up-and-coming organists will compete on The Longwood Organ for a $40,000 first prize. This is the largest cash prize of any organ competition in the world and applications are being accepted through November 1st, 2012. Applications are available at www.longwoodgardens.org/organcompetition. Open to ages 18-30 years old, only the first 100 applicants will be accepted. Applications are available at the same link.
 
img“The Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition is about recognizing and nurturing the brightest young talents in the organ world,” said Longwood Gardens Director Paul B. Redman.  “We have already received applications from throughout Europe and North America and look forward to showcasing these talented musicians at Longwood Gardens in June,” Redman said. 

Preliminary and final rounds are June 18-22, 2013 in the magnificent ballroom at Longwood Gardens near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  A distinguished panel of experts will judge the competition including Paul Jacobs, Chair of the Organ Department at The Juilliard School; Thomas Murray, Professor of Music at Yale University; Oliver Condy, Editor of BBC Music Magazine; Sophie-Véronique Cauchefer-Choplin, Titular of the Grand Orgue of Saint Jean-Baptiste de la Salle in Paris; and Peter Richard Conte, Grand Court Organist of the renowned Wanamaker Organ and Principal Organist at Longwood Gardens.
 
The Longwood Organ is among the world’s largest concert organs, with 146 ranks and 10,010 pipes. After a seven-year restoration completed in 2011, the organ is restored to its original 1930 condition and incorporates today’s most innovative technology.     
 
The winner receives the $40,000 Pierre S. duPont First Prize, a contract with Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists, and a 2013-14 performance at Longwood. Second place receives the Firmin Swinnen $15,000 prize and third place receives the Clarence Snyder $5,000 prize. Swinnen and Snyder were past resident organists at Longwood.
 
About Longwood Gardens
Longwood Gardens is one of the world’s great gardens, encompassing 1,077 acres of gardens, woodlands, meadows, fountains, a 10,010-pipe Aeolian organ and a 4-acre conservatory. Longwood continues the mission set forth by founder Pierre S. du Pont to inspire people through excellence in garden design, horticulture, education and the arts. More information at www.longwoodgardens.org
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