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.
2017 Pipe Organ Encounter – Technical (for ages 16-23)

July 9-14, 2017
Phil Parkey OrganBuilders/Atlanta Chapter
Director: Phil Parkey
Parkey OrganBuilders
4519 South Old Peachtree Rd.
Berkeley Lake, GA 30071

Online application form coming soon!

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 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. Both forms must be submitted before the POE Scholarship Committee can review a student application.  The application deadline for 2016 POE events is April 15, 2016 (12:00 midnight the close of that day). Scholarship awards are based on financial need.  Links to online application forms for 2016 events will appear here in January, 2016.


porative-organ-winner2013 POE-Tech 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-Tech 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.