The purpose of the Committee on Pipe Organ Encounters is to introduce non-organists to the organ, and to further motivate and develop new organists. The committee is charged with the development and administration of all forms of Pipe Organ Encounters: POE, POE-Advanced, POE-Technical, and POE-Plus. It coordinates with the Committee on the New Organist (CONO), the Committee on Continuing Professional Education (CCPE) and other AGO entities as needed in the successful planning and execution of these events.
The AGO is dedicated to ensuring another generation of musicians and enthusiasts of organ and choral music. The Guild has programs, both on the local and national levels, that span every age group and level of proficiency.
On any given week, AGO chapters sponsor myriad activities of interest to potential or new organists. To find out about scholarships, educational programs, organ crawls, in-school or in-church presentations, field trips to organbuilders and special installations, day or weekend seminars, recitals or other local activities, contact the AGO Chapter Dean nearest to you.
See our currently available New Organist Fund Scholarships
Programs to Encourage New Organists
There are four types of Pipe Organ Encounters for developing new organists sponsored by the AGO:
Pipe Organ Encounters (POE), Pipe Organ Encounters-Advanced (POEA), Pipe Organ Encounters-Technical (POE-Tech), and Pipe Organ Encounters-Plus (POE+). Other programs for new organists are overseen by the Committee on the New Organist.
Committee on Pipe Organ Encounters (COPOE)
Nicole Marane, DMA, Director
Peachtree Road United Methodist Church
3180 Peachtree Road NW
Atlanta, GA 30305
Michael Emmerich, MSM
150 Sabine St. #335
Houston, TX 77007
Zach Klobnak, MM
663 Ben Ali Dr., #304
Danville, KY 40422
Elizabeth West, CAGO, DMA
P.O. Box 9000
Holland, MI 49422-9000
Don Cook, AAGO, DMA, Councillor for Education
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602
Eric Birk, FAGO, MM
212-870-2311, ext. 4304