Melissa Bradshaw

Longwood Gardens announces competitors for International Organ Competition

11:16, 15th February 2019

Longwood Gardens have announced the 10 talented organists who will compete in the 2019 Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition.

Hailing from New Zealand to New York, the international performers will compete on the 10,010-pipe Longwood Organ for the $40,000 Pierre S. du Pont first prize. All competitors will participate in the preliminary rounds June 18-19, with the top 5 competitors competing in the final round on June 22. The competition takes place in the magnificent Ballroom at Longwood Gardens near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The 10 competitors selected are:

  • Rashaan Allwood, 24, Canada
  • Bryan Anderson, 26, US
  • Tyler Boehmer, 27, Canada
  • Thomas Gaynor, 27, New Zealand
  • Nathaniel Gumbs, 30, US
  • Sebastian Heindl, 21, Germany
  • Chase Loomer, 22, US
  • Colin MacKnight, 25, US
  • Justin Maxey, 30, US
  • Grant Wareham, 22, US

In addition to receiving the $40,000 prize, the winner also receives a contract with Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists and a 2019-2020 performance at Longwood. Second place receives the Firmin Swinnen $15,000 prize, third place receives the Clarence Snyder $5,000 prize and the Audience Choice Prize winner will receive $1,000. New this year is the AGO Philadelphia Chapter Prize of $1,000 recognizing outstanding performance of the judges’ choice piece.

Limited tickets remain to see the competition and are available at www.longwoodgardens.org.

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