Regional Educational Opportunities Include:

1. CSU Organ Week

2. Pedals, Pipes and Pizza

3. Colorado State University: Organ and Liturgical Music College Degree Programs

4. Private Organ Lessons



Nine Summer Programs for Teenagers and Adults Will Be Supported with Generous Funding from the Associated Pipe Organ Builders of America, the American Institute of Organbuilders, and the Jordan Organ Endowment

The American Guild of Organists (AGO) is proud to announce seven PIPE ORGAN ENCOUNTERS (POEs) for students aged 13-18, one POE (Advanced) for students entering grades 9-12; and one POE+ for adults in 2016. Complete contact information for each weeklong Pipe Organ Encounter can be found in The American Organist Magazine and online at

The summer schedule follows:

POE 2016 for ages 13-18

June 26-July 1, Waverly, Iowa

July 10-15, Northhampton, Mass.

July 17-22, Lexington, Ky.

July 24-29, Baltimore, Md.

July 24-29, Atlanta, Ga.

July 25-30, Salt Lake City, Utah

August 7-13, Palo Alto, Calif.

POE (Advanced) for grades 9-12

July 10-15, Cincinnati, Ohio

POE+ for adults

July 10-14, Grantham, Pa.

The PIPE ORGAN ENCOUNTER (POE) 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.

The POE (Advanced) 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.

The POE+ is a summer program filled with practical information and instruction for adult keyboard musicians interested in improving their service-playing skills. Participants will be introduced to basic organ skills through private instruction and classes. The weeklong experience will lead to greater confidence and competence at the organ.


Applications are available from AGO National Headquarters. The application deadline is April 15.