June 3, 2008
NEW YORK CITYThe American Guild of Organists (AGO) is proud to present six PIPE ORGAN ENCOUNTERS (POEs) and one POE (Advanced) for students aged 1318; and two POE+ programs for adults during the summer of 2008. Complete contact information for each summer program can be found in The American Organist Magazine and online at www.agohq.org.
POEs for Teenagers
June 814, Waco, Tex.
June 1520, Salt Lake City, Utah
July 611, Holland, Mich.
July 1318, Charlotte, N.C.
July 2026, Worcester, Mass.
July 2731, Seattle, Wash.
July 611, Lincoln, Neb.
POE+ for Adults
May1823, Fort Collins, Colo.
June 1520, Pittsburgh, Pa.
PIPE ORGAN ENCOUNTERS introduce young people to the pipe organ through instruction in organ playing, repertoire, history, design, and construction. These regional summer organ music institutes for teenage students provide private and group instruction in service playing and solo repertoire, opportunities to learn about the musical heritage of various religious denominations, and a chance for young musicians to meet others with similar interests. Basic keyboard proficiency is required, although previous organ study is not necessary. The POE (Advanced) is designed for teenagers who have already attended a POE, or who are already receiving private instruction. Scholarship assistance is available.
The POE+ is a summer program filled with practical information and instruction for adult pianists and other musicians interested in improving their service-playing skills. Participants will be introduced to basic organ skills through private instruction and classes. The week-long experience will lead to greater confidence and competence at the organ.
Pipe Organ Encounters is an educational outreach program of the American Guild of Organists. Major funding for Pipe Organ Encounters is provided by the Associated Pipe Organ Builders of America. Additional support is provided by the American Institute of Organbuilders. Permanently endowed AGO scholarships are provided in memory of Robert S. Baker, Seth Bingham, Clarence Dickinson, Philip Hahn, Charles N. Henderson, Alfred E. Lunsford, Ned Siebert, and Martin M. Wick, and in honor of Philip E. Baker, Ruth Milliken, and Morgan and Mary Simmons.
The AMERICAN GUILD OF ORGANISTS is the national professional association serving the organ and choral music fields. Founded in 1896 as both an educational and service organization, it sets and maintains high musical standards and promotes the understanding and appreciation of all aspects of organ and choral music. The mission of the AGO is to enrich lives through organ and choral music. The Guild currently serves approximately 19,000 members in more than 300 local chapters throughout the United States and abroad. The American Organist Magazine, the official journal of the AGO and the Associated Pipe Organ Builders of America, reaches an audience of more than 20,000 readers each month.
This information is submitted by F. Anthony Thurman, Director of Development and Communications at the National Headquarters of the American Guild of Organists and The American Organist Magazine. For further information, please contact Dr. Thurman by TEL (212) 870-2310, FAX (212) 870-2163 or E-MAIL firstname.lastname@example.org.