Pipe Organ Encounter (POE)


The traditional Pipe Organ Encounter

  • Is a 4-5 day event organized by a local AGO chapter under the sponsorship of the national organization. It introduces participants to the world of the pipe organ.
  • Is a national program sponsored by the American Guild of Organists. Students are admitted to POEs on a first-come, first-served basis, regardless of attendance at prior POEs, and regardless of state or country of residence, as long as they meet the following eligibility guidelines: Students should be aged 13-18, be interested in the pipe organ, and have piano or organ proficiency ranging from intermediate to advanced.
  • Provides an opportunity for students to have individual and group instruction in the basic rudiments of pipe organ technique and service playing.
  • Provides a general overview of organ literature, history, pipe organ construction and design, improvisation and other related topics.
  • Provides an opportunity for participation in ecumenical worship, so as to experience the role of the sacred musician.
  • Most of all, provides a unique opportunity for participants to meet and interact with peers who have similar interests.

Please click HERE to apply to attend a 2017 Pipe Organ Encounter

2017 Pipe Organ Encounters (for ages 13-18)

sodakotabrochurecvrJune 11-16, 2017
South Dakota Chapter POE — Enrollment full – wait list only
Dordt College Campus (Sioux Center, Iowa)
Director: John MacInnis
Dordt College, Music Department
498 4th Ave NE
Sioux Center, IA 51250
Director’s Phone Number: 712-722-6202
South Dakota POE Brochure


poe-2017-san-diego-brochurecvrJuly 16-22, 2017
San Diego Chapter POE  — 1 opening left!
University of San Diego (San Diego, Cal.)
Director: Leslie Wolf Robb
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
1376 Felspar St.
San Diego, CA 92109
San Diego POE Brochure

hartford-poe-brochure-cvrJuly 16-21, 2017
Greater Hartford Chapter POE — Enrollment full – wait list only
Trinity College (Hartford, Conn.)
Director: Vaughn Mauren
24 Knollwood Road
West Hartford, CT 06110

Greater Hartford POE Brochure


July 23-27, 2017
Winchester Chapter POE

Winchester, Virginia
Director: Judy Connelly
Braddock Street United Methodist Church
115 Wolfe St.
Winchester, VA 22601
Winchester POE Brochure

Please click HERE to apply to attend a 2017 Pipe Organ Encounter

Pipe Organ Encounter Scholarship Assistance

Please click HERE for information about 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 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.