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The Seattle Chapter of the American Guild of Organists presents a

Pipe Organ Encounter

July 14–19, 2019

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Pipe Organ Encounters are designed for teenagers, ages 13–18, who have achieved an intermediate level of keyboard proficiency. Previous organ study is not required. Special consideration with regard to age and training may be allowed by the POE Committee on an individual basis.

See the full brochure here.


The Seattle POE will include daily organ lessons (one teacher for every two students) as well as practice time. Other activities will include recitals, workshops, and masterclasses. Topics covered may include registration, repertoire, hymn playing, choral accompanying, and improvisation.


Housing will be available on the beautiful
campus of Seattle Pacific University. All
rooms are double occupancy. There will be
adult supervision at all times.

The registration includes five nights
lodging and all meals during the POE and
special event fees. Most
meals will be at the dining hall on campus.
Shuttle service will be provided to the
university for those arriving via commercial
transportation and to transport students to
various venues.

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  • Fisk, III manuals, 62 ranks
    Plymouth Congregational Church

  • Aeolian-Skinner, III manuals, 37 ranks
    First Baptist Church

  • Wech Orgelbau, II manuals, 30 ranks
    Queen Anne Lutheran Church

  • Fritts, II manuals, 36 ranks
    Ascension Episcopal Church

  • Bond, II manuals, 44 ranks
    St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church

The faculty of distinguished concert organists, university professors, and church musicians will include:
Joseph Adam                 Janet Ahrend
Susan Bloomfield         Sheila Bristow

Jiyoung Lee                   Michael Kleinschmidt        Nicole Marane              Samuel Libra
Christa Rakich              Sam Peters
Carole Terry                  Wyatt Smith

Registration is limited to 28 participants. For
more information, contact the POE director:

Rita Stoess, POE Director
2514 85th Dr NE Unit E3
Lake Stevens, WA 98258
Phone: 509-939-0872


Registration for all POE events is exclusively
available online at this link and opens Nov. 1st.

[FULL as of 4/26/2019; waiting list for all applications received thereafter.]

Following registration, please mail payment to:

Howard Stoess, POE Registrar
2514 85th Dr NE Unit E3
Lake Stevens, WA 98258

POE Registration Fee: $550
Final registration deadline is June 1, 2019
Your registration is not complete until full payment is received.
Please make checks payable to: Seattle AGO

Cancellations postmarked prior to June 15, 2019
will receive a full refund less a $25 processing fee. 


Performers, faculty, instruments, and other POE details are subject to change without notice.

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