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 upcoming POE events offered.  

All 2020 POE events have been canceled.  Some have been re-scheduled for 2021, and others scheduled by host chapters for 2020 are planning to host POE events in 2021.  As soon as dates are approved by AGO National Council, the rest of the re-scheduled POE events will be updated here.

Applications to 2021 POE events will open November 1, 2020.

The site proposal application for chapters interested in hosting Pipe Organ Encounter events in 2022 will open November 1, 2020, with a deadline of February 15, 2021.

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 participants 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 teens and young adults 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-Plus (POE+)

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

All Pipe Organ Encounter Events for 2020

In order to ensure the health and safety of all volunteers and participants, all 2020 POE events have been canceled due to the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic.  Some, if not all, of the events may be rescheduled for 2021, pending approval of dates and other details by the Committee on Pipe Organ Encounters.  Please watch this space for updates.
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Pipe Organ Encounters (for ages 13-18)

Click HERE to view available POEs and to register to attend.

June 22-27 Canceled
Kansas State University (Manhattan, Kansas)
Director: David Pickering
(785) 560-4520 (home)
(785) 370-6110 (cell)

June 28-July 3  Rescheduled for July 12-17, 2021
Long Beach, California
Director: Hyunju Hwang
213-550-9093 (home/cell)

July 19-24
Winston-Salem, North Carolina Canceled
Director: Timothy Olsen
336-770-3254 (work)

August 2-7
Trinity College (Hartford, CT) Canceled
Enrollment full – applications to waiting list only. (Contact director for more information.)
Director: Christopher Houlihan
860-748-3395 (cell)
860-297-2014 (work)

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

June 28- July 3, 2020 Rescheduled for July 11-16, 2021 
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Co-Director: James Wagner
734-645-5360 (home)

Pipe Organ Encounter-Plus (for Adults)

Click HERE to register to attend.

June 14-19, 2020 Rescheduled for June 6-11, 2021
Rockford, Illinois
Director: Trish Rooney
815-985-0143 (cell)

June 28 – July 3, 2020
Allentown and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Rescheduled for June 21-26, 2021
Co-Director: Gloria Snyder
610-439-1933 (home)

July 26-31, 2020
Richmond, Virginia Rescheduled for August 8-13, 2021
Co-Director: Stephen Henley
804-272-7514, ext. 312 (work)
804-647-1152 (cell)

The Pipe Organ Encounter-Technical (for ages 16-23) is not available in 2020


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.