Pipe Organ Encounters 2018

June 24 – 29, 2018
Shattuck-St. Mary’s School, Faribault, MN
St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN

The Twin Cities American Guild of Organists (TCAGO.org) is pleased to host the 2018 Pipe Organ Encounter (POE) educational outreach program through the American Guild of Organists National Office. The vibrant arts boarding school of Shattuck-St. Mary’s in Faribault and the rich artistic heritage of St. Olaf College in Northfield will provide the exciting environment for a week-long immersion in the world of the organ, highlighted by a hymn festival and recreation in the beauty of southern Minnesota.

St. Olaf College campus

An Overview

Come to internationally renowned St. Olaf College and historic Shattuck-St. Mary’s School for the rewarding opportunity to learn more about the pipe organ and its construction, to be instructed by experienced faculty, to visit, hear and play outstanding instruments, and to have the chance to meet and interact with peers who share an interest in the King of Instruments. POE is designed for teenagers, ages 13-18, who have achieved an intermediate level of keyboard proficiency. Previous organ study is not required.

Accommodations and meals will be at the Shattuck-St. Mary’s School dormitories. The arrangements include dorm chaperones trained in safety and security, a school nurse, and piano practice rooms. For daily instruction and activities, students will shuttle between the two campuses in insured school buses.

Shattuck-St. Mary's School campus


Student Registration is required at https://www.agohq.org/education/poe/. Contact 2018 POE Registrar, Margaret Gohman (mmgohman@gmail.com) or 612-212-1646 for additional information.

POE Registration Fee: $500

Early Bird Registration Fee: $475 (by March 15, 2018)

Final Registration deadline is May 15, 2018

Full payment is due at time of registration. Cancellation prior to May 15 for full refund. Cancellation after May 15 for full refund, minus $50.

Scholarship Information

Scholarship assistance is available through the American Guild of Organists. Please contact POE Director Catherine Rodland at rodland@stolaf.edu to initiate the scholarship application process. In addition, students may also contact AGO chapters or religious institutions if financial aid is needed.

TCAGO POE 2018 Director: Dr. Catherine Rodland
St. Olaf College
1500 St. Olaf Avenue
Northfield, MN 55057
(507) 786-3983

POE 2018 Brochure (PDF)

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