POE Technical


  • Is a program designed for students who are interested in learning the art and craft of organ building.
  • Is for students aged 16-23, who are not required to have studied the organ. Students may possess or be seeking expertise in woodworking, electrical skills and construction. Anticipated or current collegiate study may be in the areas of liberal arts with emphasis in science and engineering.
  • Will include a 4-5 day course in the history, design, construction and maintenance of the pipe organ. Classes will include study of the work of various builders, pipe building and voicing, tonal design and visits to builders’ shops. Opportunities to play and explore a variety of instruments and attend pipe organ concerts are also offered.

2015 Pipe Organ Encounter (Technical)

June 14-19, 2015

University of Oklahoma
Norman, Oklahoma
John Riester
2101 W. Tecumseh Rd., Suite C
Norman, Oklahoma 73069
Southern Plains POE Tech Website

POE Tech Online Application Form


POE Tech Brochure

Pipe Organ Encounter Scholarship Assistance

Limited scholarship aid is available to cover full or partial registration fee for attending a POE. Scholarship applications are reviewed monthly beginning in February.  The application 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. Both forms must be submitted before the POE Scholarship Committee can review a student application.  The application deadline is April 15, 2015 (12:00 midnight the close of that day). Scholarship awards are based on financial need.  Please click below to access each form.

POE Student Scholarship Application Form 2015
POE Teacher Recommendation Form 2015


porative-organ-winner2013 POE-T student Susanna Payne-Passmore was the lucky winner of a Portative organ, designed by Bruce Shull, organbuilder at the Fritts Shop, and collectively built from pre-cut parts by the POE-T students.






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, Virgil Fox, 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.