POE Advanced


  • Is a 5-6 day event organized by a local AGO chapter under the sponsorship of the national organization. It provides a higher level of pipe organ instruction and intense course study.
  • Is for students entering grades 9 through 12, who have achieved a high level of success in organ study. They must submit an audition recording and other supporting materials in order to apply to the POEA.
  • Provides an opportunity for students to have individual instruction in pipe organ technique and performance with an artist faculty.
  • Provides intermediate to advanced classes in areas such as organ literature, history, pipe organ construction and design, music theory, improvisation, conducting, and service playing.
  • Most of all, provides a unique opportunity for participants to meet and interact with peers who have similar interests.
2017 Pipe Organ Encounters (Advanced)

poea2017_brochure-cvrJune 25-30, 2017
Birmingham Chapter
The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
Director: Faythe Freese
175 Moody Music Building, Box 870366, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
Birmingham POE Advanced website

pdf-large-typeBirmingham POEA Brochure


seattlepoea_brochure-cvrJuly 23-28, 2017
Seattle Chapter
Seattle Pacific University (Seattle, WA)
Director: Wyatt Smith
8812 Stone Ave. N., Apt. 303
Seattle, WA 98103
Seattle POE Advanced website

pdf-large-typeSeattle POEA Brochure

To submit an application to attend a Pipe Organ Encounter Advanced, please click HERE.

To submit a Teacher Recommendation form, please click HERE.

Pipe Organ Encounter Scholarship Assistance

PLEASE NOTE: The 2017 Scholarship Application period is open January 15 through April 16, 2017.

Please click HERE to apply for a 2017 POEA Scholarship.

Please click HERE to submit a teacher recommendation in support of a student’s POEA scholarship application.

Scholarship assistance for 2017 POE attendance may also be available from local chapters of the AGO or religious or educational organizations in your area.  Click HERE for ideas on fund-raising for POE students.

Need-based scholarship aid is available to cover full or partial registration fees for attending a POE (POE, POEA, or POETech only, not POE+). Funds are limited, and scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Scholarship applications are reviewed monthly beginning in February. The application is available Jan. 15 through April 15 each year and asks questions of both the student and her/his parent(s), and also requires a letter of recommendation from the student’s organ or piano teacher. Before applying for a scholarship, application to attend a POE must be submitted. All three forms (application to attend, student scholarship application, teacher recommendation form) must be submitted before the POE Scholarship Committee can review a student application. The application deadline for 2017 POE events is April 16, 2017 (12:00 midnight (EST) the close of that day). Please note that while April 16 is the last day one may apply for a scholarship, it is possible that all scholarship funds could be depleted before that, so students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. As stated above, scholarship awards are based on financial need. Links to online application forms for 2017 events appeared here on January 15, 2017.

(Please click here for a listing of  other programs for young organists that were available in 2016.)

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 and the Jordan Organ Endowment. Permanently endowed AGO scholarships are provided in memory of Charlene Brice Alexander, Robert S. Baker, Seth Bingham, Michael Cohen, Margaret R. Curtin, Virgil Fox, Clarence Dickinson, 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.