Calling All Advanced Organists Entering a High School Grade This Fall…

Do you know any advanced organists entering a high school grade this fall? Please encourage them to apply today for the 2019 Pipe Organ Encounter (Advanced) in Houston! Sponsored by the Houston (Tex.) Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, the POEA will feature world-class organs, internationally recognized faculty from around the nation, and of course many unique Texas traditions!

On Monday, June 24, we’ll take a behind-the-scenes tour of NASA’s Space Center Houston – this isn’t the regular public tour, folks! Tuesday afternoon will feature a class on music marketing and technology led by S. Andrew Lloyd (University of Texas at San Antonio) followed by a hymn playing and liturgical improvisation class and silent film performed by Jason Roberts (Westminster Choir College). On Wednesday, after learning about organ building/maintenance from Jason Alden (Alden Organ Service) and continuo playing from Matthew Dirst (University of Houston), you’ll have an opportunity to visit the Houston Zoo and its incredible new African Forest exhibit. And no trip to Texas would be complete without enjoying incredible TexMex and Texas BBQ – don’t worry, we’ve got that covered!

All participants will have the opportunity to practice multiple hours per day, work with two POEA faculty members during the week, participate in a small group masterclass, and perform in the final student recitals on the monumental Fisk-Rosales organ at Rice University. Workshops on career development, the liturgical year, and practical repertoire will also be offered. The final student recitals will be professionally videorecorded and made available to all participants!

Jeong-Suk Bae (Univeristy of St. Thomas)
Ken Cowan (Rice University)
Isabelle Demers (Baylor University)
Stefan Engels (Southern Methodist University)
Rhonda Furr (Houston Baptist University)
Anne Laver (Syracuse University)
Daryl Robinson (University of Houston)
Catherine Rodland (St. Olaf College)

Jason Alden (Alden Organ Service)
Matthew Dirst (University of Houston)
S. Andrew Lloyd (University of Texas at San Antonio)
Jason Roberts (Westminster Choir College)
Click here to start the application process online.

Contact POEA Director Daryl Robinson with any questions about the application/audition process, scholarships, or other topics.
Daryl Robinson, Director


Pipe Organ Encounter Advanced (POEA) is for participants in grades 9-12 who have achieved a high level in organ study. Prospective attendees must submit an audition recording to apply. A POEA provides daily lessons and a unique opportunity for participants to meet and interact with peers who have similar interests.

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