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. Participants 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: Participants 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 participants 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 2018 Pipe Organ Encounter

2018 Pipe Organ Encounters (for ages 13-18)

June 17-22, 2018
Phoenix, Ariz.   (Closed to applications as of June 1, 2018)

Central Arizona Chapter
Director:  Dr. Craig J. Westendorf
Phoenix Boys Choir
1131 E. Missouri Ave.
Phoenix, AZ  85014
(602) 331-8218

June 24-29, 2018
Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn. (Enrollment Full – Registration Closed June 15)
Twin Cities Chapter
Director:  Dr. Catherine Rodland
St. Olaf College
1500 St. Olaf Avenue
Northfield, MN  55057
(507) 786-3983

July 8-13, 2018
Philadelphia, Penn. (Enrollment Full – Waiting List Only as of June 21)
Philadelphia Chapter
Director: Dr. Kathleen Scheide
P.O. Box 133
Princeton, NJ 08542
(609) 921-7100 x 8286

July 16-21, 2018
Los Angeles, Cal. (Enrollment Full – Registration Closed June 19)
Los Angeles Chapter
Director: Jaebon Hwang
Westwood United Methodist Church
10497 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(917) 880-5860

July 22-27, 2018
Deland, Fla.
(Stetson University)
Central Florida Chapter
Director:  Timothy Smith
All Saints Episcopal Church
338 East Lyman Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789
(407) 599-4317

Please click HERE to apply to attend a 2018 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, 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.