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 note: applications are now closed for all 2016 Pipe Organ Encounter Events.]
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 have already achieved a high level of success in organ study. [More…]
POE Technical (POET)
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 Approved for 2017
Pipe Organ Encounters (for ages 13-18)
June 11-16, 2017
Dordt College Campus (Sioux Center, Iowa)
South Dakota Chapter POE
July 16-22, 2017
University of San Diego (San Diego, Cal.)
San Diego Chapter
Pipe Organ Encounter-Advanced (for grades 9-12)
June 25-30, 2017
The University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, Ala.)
July 23-28, 2017
Seattle Pacific University (Seattle, Wash.)
Seattle Chapter POEA
Pipe Organ Encounter-Plus (for adults)
June 25-30, 2017
San Antonio, Texas
Alamo Chapter POE+
Pipe Organ Encounter-Technical (for ages 16-23)
July 9-14, 2017
Berkeley Lake, Georgia
Phil Parkey OrganBuilders
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. Permanently endowed AGO scholarships are provided in memory of Charlene Brice Alexander, Robert S. Baker, Seth Bingham, 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.