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 2018.  

Please click HERE to apply to attend a 2018 Pipe Organ Encounter (ages 13-18).

Information about POE Scholarships

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

Documents and videos related to POE programs.


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 (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 Approved for 2018

(as published in THE AMERICAN ORGANIST Magazine)

Pipe Organ Encounters (for ages 13-18)

June 17-22, 2018 (Closed to further applications as of June 1, 2018)
Phoenix, Arizona
Central Arizona Chapter

June 24-29, 2018 (Registration closed due to full enrollment as of June 15, 2018)
Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota
Twin Cities Chapter

July 8-13, 2018
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia Chapter

July 16-21, 2018
Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles Chapter

July 22-27, 2018
Central Florida (Stetson University – Deland, Florida)
Central Florida Chapter

Pipe Organ Encounter-Plus (for adults)

June 17-22, 2018 
Rockford, Illinois
Rockford Chapter

The following types of Pipe Organ Encounters are not available in 2018:

Pipe Organ Encounter-Advanced (for grades 9-12)
Pipe Organ Encounter-Technical (for ages 16-23)

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, 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, Fred Swann, Morgan and Mary Simmons, and the Leupold Foundation.