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June 19-25, 2022

The AGO National Council formed the Task Force on the New Organist in the 1980s to address how the Guild could best serve youth and spark a greater interest in the organ and its music. One outcome of this task force was the institution of the Pipe Organ Encounter (POE). The POE program was launched in 1988; since then, one hundred AGO chapters throughout the country have held successful POEs. The program has evolved and grown continuously over the last thirty years to include POEs accommodating adults, advanced young organists, and budding organ builders. The original task force still exists today in the form of the Committee on Pipe Organ Encounters* (CoPOE), which oversees and coordinates all matters related to the Pipe Organ Encounter program.

These programs have benefited well over three thousand participants, and continue to thrive among youth and adults.


Pipe Organ Encounter (POE)

  • 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.

  • Accepts participants in POE events 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 ages 13-18, be interested in the pipe organ, and have piano or organ proficiency ranging from intermediate to advanced levels.

  • Provides an opportunity for participants to have individual and group instruction in the basic rudiments of 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.