POE Advanced

Participants and Faculty of the 2019 Houston 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 an intensive course of study.
  • Is for young organists (no younger than 13 and no older than 18) entering grades 9 through 12, who play the organ at an advanced level. 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.
2020 Pipe Organ Encounter – Advanced

(for young organists ages 13-18 and entering grades 9 through 12 in the fall of 2020)

June 28- July 3
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Ann Arbor Chapter/University of Michigan Organ Department
Co-Director: James Wagner
1671 Forest Avenue
Ypsilanti, MI 48198
(734) 645-5360 (cell)


Ann Arbor POEA Brochure coming soon!


The online applications to attend the 2020 POE Advanced will open Nov. 1, 2019

Pipe Organ Encounter Scholarship Assistance

PLEASE NOTE: The 2020 Scholarship Application period will open on January 15, 2020 and close on April 15, 2020.
Please click HERE for information on applying for POE Scholarships.

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.