Pipe Organ Encounter (POE)

The traditional Pipe Organ Encounter

  • Is a 4-5 day event organized by a local AGO chapter under the sponsorship of the national organization. It introduces participants to the world of the pipe organ.
  • Is a national program sponsored by the American Guild of Organists. Students are admitted to POEs on a first-come, first-served basis, regardless of attendance at prior POEs, and regardless of state or country of residence, as long as they meet the following eligibility guidelines: Students should be aged 13-18, be interested in the pipe organ, and have piano or organ proficiency ranging from early intermediate to advanced.
  • Provides an opportunity for students to have individual and group instruction in the basic rudiments of pipe organ technique and service playing.
  • Provides a general overview of organ literature, history, pipe organ construction and design, improvisation and other related topics.
  • Provides an opportunity for participation in ecumenical worship, so as to experience the role of the sacred musician.
  • Most of all, provides a unique opportunity for participants to meet and interact with peers who have similar interests.
2014 Pipe Organ Encounters

June 8-13, 2014
Fort Collins, Colorado
Joel Bacon
351 Riva Ridge Ln. Apt. J307
Fort Collins, CO  80526
Tri-State POE Website

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June 9-14, 2014
Indianapolis, Indiana
Marko Petričić
University of Indianapolis
1400 East Hanna Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46227
Indianapolis POE Website

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June 29 – July 4, 2014
Wilmington, Delaware
Neil Harmon / David Schelat
c/o Grace Church
900 Washington St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
(302) 655-8847
Delaware POE Website

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July 7-11, 2014

Manhattan, Kansas
David Pickering
Kansas State University
134 McCain Auditorium
Manhattan, KS 66506
Manhattan-KSU Chapter POE Website

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July 13-18, 2014

Easton, Massachusetts
Philip Jones
127 Tilton Ave.
Brockton, MA  02301-3029
617-852-3533 (Cheryl Duerr)
Southeastern Massachusetts POE Facebook Page

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Pipe Organ Encounter Scholarship Assistance
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 awards are based entirely on financial need.

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.  Scholarship applications are reviewed monthly beginning in February.

[The application period for 2014 has closed.  Please check here for 2015 application form links starting January 15, 2015.]

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 and the Jordan Organ Endowment. Permanently endowed AGO scholarships are provided in memory of Charlene Brice Alexander, Robert S. Baker, Seth Bingham, Michael Cohen, Virgil Fox, Clarence Dickinson, Philip Hahn, Charles N. Henderson, Alfred E. Lunsford, Ruth Milliken, Ned Siebert, and Martin M. Wick; and in honor of Anthony Baglivi, Philip E. Baker, Gordon and Naomi Rowley, Fred Swann, Morgan and Mary Simmons, and the Leupold Foundation.

Other POE Scholarships

Vernon de Tar Scholarship Competition (sponsored by the Delaware Chapter of the AGO)
This competition is for young organists (ages 13-18) of all experience levels, and provides tuition scholarships to attend a summer POE of the student’s choice. Application deadline is April 11, and the competition for the scholarships will be held in Wilmington on April 26.  
Click HERE for Competition Information.