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.

2019-2020 Organ Recitals
  • September 8: George Fergus, Washington National Cathedral
  • September 29: Tom Sheehan, Washington National Cathedral
  • October 6: Collin Boothby, Houston, TX
  • October 13: Students of St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN
  • October 27: Ray and Beth Chenault, Atlanta, GA
  • November 17: Jillian Gardner, Waco, TX
  • November 24: Angela Kraft Cross, San Mateo, CA
  • Christmas Day: Tom Sheehan and George Fergus
  • February 2: David Brock, Los Angeles, CA
  • February 16: George Fergus, Washington National Cathedral
  • February 23: Tom Sheehan, Washington National Cathedral
  • March 1: Joy-Leilani Garbutt, Washington, DC
  • March 8: Tate Addis, Asheville, NC
  • March 15: Jochanan van Driel, Leiden, Netherlands
  • April 12: Easter Day, Tom Sheehan and George Fergus
  • April 19: David Hirst, Mantes-la-Jolie, France
  • April 26: Colin Andrews, Indianapolis, IN
  • May 3: Chelsea Vaught, Fort Wayne, IN
  • May 24: Anna Judkins, Great Falls, MT
  • May 31: Erik and Chuyoung Suter, Gaithersburg, MD
  • June 7: Karl Robson, Chevy Chase, MD
  • June 14: Bradley Burgess, Raleigh, NC
  • June 21: Bob Knupp, Clinton, MS
  • June 28: Carson Cooman, Harvard, MA
  • 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).

Applying for Future Organ Recital Series

Organists who are interested in appearing in one of our future Organ Recital Series are encouraged to apply. Please complete the electronic application form and include the following additional materials:

  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

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To apply by postal mail, please use the address below:

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.