Pipe Organ Encounters

Organ instruction for youth



The American Guild of Organists (AGO) is proud to announce a total of seven Pipe Organ Encounters for students ages 13 to 18 planned across the country for the summer of 2017. For ages 18 and over, see POE+. Application deadlines range from March 1 to May 1, so check
Agohq.org/education/poe for details!

There will be four Pipe Organ Encounters (POEs) for students aged 13–18, two POE (Advanced) for students entering grades 9–12; one POE (Technical) for students aged 16–23. Complete contact information for each week-long Pipe Organ Encounter can be found in THE AMERICAN ORGANIST Magazine and online at Agohq.org/education/poe. The summer schedule follows:

POE for ages 13–18
is an introduction to the pipe organ through instruction in organ playing, repertoire, history, design, and construction. These regional summer music institutes for teenage students provide private and group instruction in service playing and solo repertoire, opportunities to learn about the musical heritage of various religious denominations, and a chance for young musicians to meet others with similar interests. Piano or organ proficiency ranging from intermediate to advanced is required. Scholarship assistance is available.
June 11–16: Sioux Center, Iowa

July 16–22: San Diego, California

July 16–21: Hartford, Connecticut

July 23–27: Winchester, Virginia

POE (Advanced) for grades 9–12 provides intermediate to advanced classes in areas such as organ literature, history, pipe organ construction and design, music theory, improvisation, conducting, and service playing for students who have achieved a high level of success in organ study. Scholarship assistance is available.
June 25–30: Birmingham, Alabama

July 23–28: Seattle, Washington

POE (Technical) for ages 16–23 is a program designed for students who are interested in learning the art and craft of organ building. The event is hosted in the workshop of an organ builder working in cooperation with a local AGO chapter.
July 9–14: Berkeley Lake, Georgia

Generous funding from the Associated Pipe Organ Builders of America (APOBA), the American Institute of Organbuilders (AIO), the Jordan Organ Endowment, and the National Endowment for the Arts will support the summer programs from coast to coast. “The AGO and APOBA have enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship since 1975,” declared AGO Executive Director James Thomashower. “Likewise, the AIO has been active in supporting the Guild’s educational programs, beginning with their partnership in Pulling Out All the Stops, a video produced jointly by the AGO, AIO, APOBA, the Organ Historical Society, and the American Theater Organ Society in 1996. In addition, we are delighted to have received support from the Jordan Organ Endowment at Columbus State University for our POE program, as well as a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts supporting our educational activities this year.”

POE site locations are selected by the AGO Committee on Pipe Organ Encounters and approved by the AGO National Council. Applications are available from AGO National Headquarters and online at Agohq.org. The hosting application deadline is February 1, 2017, for 2018 Pipe Organ Encounters.

You may promote this event to any young pianist or organist you teach or who attends your church. 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 eligibility guidelines in the description of the particular POE, above.



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