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.

2017 Pipe Organ Encounter Programs (PDF)

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 (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…].

2016 Pipe Organ Encounters

[Please note:  applications are now closed for all 2016 Pipe Organ Encounter Events.]

June 26-July 1, 2016
Wartburg College, Waverly, IA
Cedar Valley Chapter POE

July 10-15, 2016
Smith College, Northampton, MA
Springfield Chapter POE

July 17-22, 2016
University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
Lexington Chapter POE

July 24 – 29, 2016
Atlanta, GA
Atlanta Chapter POE

July 25-30, 2016
University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
Utah Valley Chapter POE

August 7-13, 2016
Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto Peninsula Chapter POE

Pipe Organ Encounter-Advanced

July 10-15, 2016
University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Cincinnati, OH
Cincinnati Chapter POE Advanced

Pipe Organ Encounter-Plus

July 10-14, 2016
Messiah College, Grantham, PA
Harrisburg Chapter POE+

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.