Pipe Organ Encounters

Welcome to the world of Pipe Organ Encounters, the most successful outreach program sponsored by the AGO. POEs offer teenagers and adults a rewarding opportunity to learn more about the pipe organ and its construction, instruction with experienced faculty, visits to hear and play outstanding instruments, and the chance to meet and interact with peers who share an interest in the King of Instruments.


Please scroll down to see all types of POE events offered in 2019.  

Applications to 2019 POE events are closed. The applications to attend 2020 Pipe Organ Encounter events will be available November 1, 2019.

Information about POE Scholarships

All the Cool Kids are into Pipe Organs: A blogpost by Holly Heffelbower

Documents and videos related to POE programs.

POE Handbook

Pipe Organ Encounter (POE)

A POE is a 4-5 day event organized by a local AGO chapter that introduces participants aged 13-18 to the world of the pipe organ. [More…]

POE Advanced (POEA)

A POEA is a 5-6 day event organized by a local AGO chapter that provides a higher level of pipe organ instruction and intense course study for students entering grades 9 through 12 who are ages 13 to 18 and have already achieved a high level of success in organ study. [More…]

POE Technical (POETech)

POETech is a program designed for students aged 16-23 who are interested in learning the art and craft of organ building.  POETech is sponsored by an AGO Chapter in collaboration with an organ builder. [More…].


POE+ is a 4-5 day event organized by a local AGO chapter that provides organ instruction to students 19 and older.  It is open to beginners as well as more advanced students. [More…].

Pipe Organ Encounter Events for 2019

(as appearing in THE AMERICAN ORGANIST Magazine)

Pipe Organ Encounters (for ages 13-18)

July 15-20, 2019 
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Cape Cod and Islands Chapter

July 14-19, 2019
Seattle, Washington
Seattle Chapter

July 28-August 3, 2019
St. Louis, Missouri
St. Louis Chapter

August 1-7, 2019
Helsinki, Finland
Finland Chapter

Pipe Organ Encounter-Advanced (for grades 9-12)

June 23-28, 2019 
Houston, Texas
Houston Chapter

Pipe Organ Encounter-Technical (for ages 16-23)

July 21-27, 2019
River Forest, Illinois & Oak Park, Illinois
Berghaus Organ Builders, Inc. /
Chicago Chapter

The Pipe Organ Encounter-Plus (for Adults) is not available in 2019

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, the Jordan Organ Endowment, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Permanently endowed AGO scholarships are provided in memory of Charlene Brice Alexander, Robert S. Baker, Seth Bingham, Michael Cohen, Margaret R. Curtin, Clarence Dickinson, Richard and Clara Mae Enright, Virgil Fox, Philip Hahn, Charles N. Henderson, Alfred E. Lunsford, Ruth Milliken, Bruce Prince-Joseph, Douglas Rafter, Ned Siebert, Mary K. Smith, and Martin M. Wick; and in honor of Anthony Baglivi, Philip E. Baker, Gordon and Naomi Rowley, Frederick Swann, Morgan and Mary Simmons, and the Leupold Foundation.