POE Technical


  • Is a program designed for students who are interested in learning the art and craft of organ building.
  • Is for students aged 16-23, who are not required to have studied the organ. Students may possess or be seeking expertise in woodworking, electrical skills and construction. Anticipated or current collegiate study may be in the areas of liberal arts with emphasis in science and engineering.
  • Will include a 4-5 day course in the history, design, construction and maintenance of the pipe organ. Classes will include study of the work of various builders, pipe building and voicing, tonal design and visits to builders’ shops. Opportunities to play and explore a variety of instruments and attend pipe organ concerts are also offered.
2014 Pipe Organ Encounter (Technical)

We regret to announce that due to under-enrollment, the POE Technical planned for 2014 has been cancelled.  The AGO thanks Patrick J. Murphy & Associates for their planning and support of this important program.  Please note that a POE-Tech will be held next summer, June 14-19, 2015, in Norman, Oklahoma (American Organ Institute at the University of Oklahoma).  Full details and information on how to apply will be made available in the fall of 2014.

June 8-13, 2014

Stowe, PA
Patrick J. Murphy
300 Old Reading Pike, Suite 1-D
Stowe, PA 19464
610-970-9817 (W)
610-970-9297 (Wfax)

pdf-large-typePOE Tech Brochure

Limited scholarship aid is available to cover full or partial registration fees for POEs. The online POE scholarship application is available here from mid-January until the May 15 application deadline. Scholarship applications are reviewed monthly beginning in February.

The application asks questions of both the student and her/his parent(s) and also requires a letter of recommendation from the student’s organ or piano teacher.

porative-organ-winner2013 POE-T student Susanna Payne-Passmore was the lucky winner of a Portative organ, designed by Bruce Shull, organbuilder at the Fritts Shop, and collectively built from pre-cut parts by the POE-T students.