A Grand Instrument

The great organ of Washington National Cathedral was built by the Ernest M. Skinner & Son Organ Company and installed in 1938.

The great organ consists of 10,647 pipes.

Organ Recitals

Join us for recitals on the Cathedral’s great organ featuring organists from around the world. Recitals take place on Sunday afternoons. Please refer to the Cathedral Calendar for specific times. There is a suggested donation of $10 per person. No reservations are required, with the exception of groups.

2017 Fall Organ Recital Series
2018 Organ Recital Series
  • February 11: George Fergus and Benjamin Straley, Washington National Cathedral
  • February 18: Ryan Hebert of Tampa, Fla.
  • March 11: Anthony Williams of Nashville, Tenn.
  • March 18: Jeremy Filsell, Washington National Cathedral
  • April 1: Easter Day Organ Recital
  • April 8: James Kealey of Wells Cathedral, U.K.
  • April 15: Axel Flierl of St. Peter’s Basilica, Dillingen an der Donau, Germany
  • April 22: Jamila Javadova-Spitzberg of Arlington, Tex.
  • April 29: Joseph Ripka of Stonington, Conn.
  • May 6: Aaron Goen of Washington, D.C.
  • May 13: Jeremy Filsell, Washington National Cathedral
  • May 27: Mark Thewes and Chad Pittman from Massillon, Ohio
  • June 3: Chuck Seipp and Randall Sheets – Trumpet and Organ Duo from Washington, DC
  • June 10: Robert Knupp of Clinton, Miss.
  • June 17: Michal Markuszewski of Warsaw, Poland
  • June 24: Tyler Boehmer of Lawrence, Kans.
  • July 4: Annual Independence Day Concert


The great organ has been revised and enlarged over the years to accommodate the changing needs of the Cathedral: view the great organ’s specifications (PDF).

Now Accepting 2018-2019 Series Applications

Organists who are interested in appearing on our series are encouraged to apply. Please send the following materials either electronically or through postal mail:

  1. an unedited recording of a public organ recital performed in the last two years
  2. a printed program from the recorded recital
  3. a current biography

If sending electronically, submit the complete materials to bstraley@cathedral.org (The Rev. Benjamin Straley, Associate Director of Music and Cathedral Organist).

If sending through postal mail, please mail to:

Music Office
Washington National Cathedral
Wisconsin and Massachusetts Avenues, NW
Washington, DC 20016

For any additional questions, please contact:
(202) 537-5553 or musicoffice@cathedral.org.

Weekly Organ Demonstrations

Mondays & Wednesdays
12:30–1:00 pm
  • Featuring an overview by a Cathedral organist about 10,650-pipe organ followed by a mini-recital
  • Reservations required for bus groups (no reservations required for individuals or families)
  • Organ demonstrations do not take place on holidays; check the calendar to confirm if an organ demonstration is scheduled on the date of your visit.