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.

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2016 Pipe Organ Encounter Programs (PDF)
2015 Pipe Organ Encounter Programs (PDF)
2014 Pipe Organ Encounter Programs (PDF)
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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 aged 13-18 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…].

Approved Sites of 2016 Pipe Organ Encounter Events

June 26-July 1, 2016
Cedar Valley Chapter
Wartburg College, Waverly, IA
Director: Dr. Karen Black
100 Wartburg Blvd.,
Waverly, Iowa 50677

July 10-15, 2016
Springfield Chapter
Smith College, Northampton, MA
Director: Lad Pfeifer
Cathedral of St. Michael,
260 State Street
Springfield, MA 01103

July 17-22, 2016
Lexington Chapter
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY
Director: Zach Klobnak
500 W Main Street
Danville, KY 40422

July 24 – 29, 2016
Baltimore Chapter
Director: David M. Storey
300 W. Lafayette Ave.
Baltimore, MD  21217

July 24 – 29, 2016
Atlanta Chapter
Agnes Scott College, Atlanta, GA
Director: Nicole Marane, DMA
Peachtree Road UMC
3180 Peachtree Road NW
Atlanta, GA 30305

July 25-30, 2016
Utah Valley Chapter
Salt Lake City, UT
University of Utah
Director:  Anna Judkins
714 W 500 N
Provo, UT  84601

August 7-13, 2016
Palo Alto Peninsula Chapter
Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
Director: Rani Fischer
665 Endicott Dr.
Sunnyvale, CA 94087

Pipe Organ Encounter-Advanced

July 10-15, 2016
Cincinnati Chapter
University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Cincinnati, OH
Director: Donna Wernz
266 Compton Ridge Dr.
Cincinnati, OH 45215

Pipe Organ Encounter-Plus

July 10-14, 2016
Harrisburg Chapter
Messiah College, Grantham, PA
Director: Ellen Hunt
23 N. Homestead Rd.
McAlisterville, PA 17049

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.