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. 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 following eligibility guidelines: Students should be aged 13-18, be interested in the pipe organ, and have piano or organ proficiency ranging from early intermediate to advanced.
Provides an opportunity for students 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.
Click HERE to go to the POE webpage on the AGO website.
The Fox Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists hosted a Pipe Organ Encounter (POE) in 2004 and 2009. Click on the links below to view the published articles that appeared in “The American Organist” magazine. Thanks again for everyone that made these two great events happen.
POE+ FOR ADULTS
June 6 – 11, 2021
The Rockford, Illinois Chapter is sponsoring a Pipe Organ Encounter Plus for Adults. Click HERE for additional information about this event.