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The Cincinnati Chapter of the American Guild of Organists Presents


Pipe Organ Encounter Advanced

July 10-15, 2016 ›

University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio

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An Overview

POEA is for young people aged 13-18 who have achieved a high level of success in organ study.

It provides daily organ lessons and intermediate-to-advanced classes in areas such as organ literature, history, pipe organ construction and design, improvisation and other related topics.

Most of all, POEA provides a unique opportunity for participants to meet and interact with peers who have similar interests.

POEA Highlights

image1fm• Daily organ lessons and practice time on a variety of pipe organs with artist faculty

Workshops and master classes

Introduction to the carillon

Faculty organ recitals

A final POEA student recital

Featured Instruments

Casavant, 4 manuals, 88 ranks — Hyde Park Community United Methodist ChurchHydePkUMCCasavantScofield05

Noack, 3 manuals, 52 ranks — Lakeside (KY) Presbyterian   ChurchLakeside_Noack_case

Schantz, 4 manuals, 98 ranks — College Hill Presbyterian Church

Wilhelm, 2 manuals, 30 stops — Trinity Episcopal Church, Covington, KY0410TrinityEpiCov

Also instruments by Juget-Sinclair, Holtkamp, and E.M. Skinner


Includes housing, all meals, all transportation during the POEA, admission to special events, class materials, and a one-year Student Membership in the American Guild of Organists.

The cost of transportation to and from Cincinnati is the student’s responsibility.


Housing will be provided on the campus of the University of Cincinnati in air-conditioned, single occupancy dormitory rooms.

There will be full time supervision by POEA staff. All meals will be provided from Sunday dinner through Friday lunch.

Transportation will be provided from and to the airport, if needed, as well as to and from all events during the week.

Registration and Fees

An early registration fee of $475 will be offered for applications postmarked on or before March 1.

After that date, regular tuition will be $500.

The final deadline for applications is April 1.

Required Materials

1) Recorded audition (may be a CD, or if online an MP3 file):

  • a piece by Bach
  • a contrasting piece by another composer
  • and a hymn accompaniment.


3) List of applicant’s previous and current organ repertoire (upload or email). 

2) Email Dale Harris, Registrar, a teacher’s letter of recommendation. (if online, a Word doc or PDF file) 

Scholarship Information

Scholarship assistance is available through the American Guild of Organists. Please contact the Director, Donna Wernz, for information on initiating the online scholarship application process. (email, or tel: 513-761-6120)

In addition, students are encouraged to contact AGO Chapters or their religious institutions if financial aid is needed.


Payment is only accepted by check.

Make checks payable to American Guild of Organists—POEA.

(If the student is not accepted, the fee will be refunded.)

Mail your payment, plus a CD (if not uploading an MP3 file online) to:

Dale Harris, Registrar
1406 E. MacMillan Street, #21
Cincinnati, Ohio 45206-2243

Early Bird Deadline: before March 1, 2016

Final deadline: April 1, 2016

Application Instructions

CLICK TO DOWNLOAD a pdf file, for printing out and mailing.

TO APPLY ONLINE click the button below.

Please have the following files prepared in advance before you complete your online application form.

INCLUDE YOUR NAME in all filenames. (EX: JoeSmith_Bach.mp3  or TomAdams_Hymn.mp3, )

Three recorded auditions (MP3 files):
1) a piece by Bach,
2) a contrasting piece by another composer,
3) and a hymn accompaniment.

Your teacher should e-mail ( Dale Harris, registrar, a letter of recommendation (as e-mail, or attached Word doc or pdf file).

To Apply Online

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