Brooklyn POE 2015




Brooklyn Pipe Organ Encounter 2015

NOTE:  Registration is now closed.  The next POE event in the northeast region is next summer in Springfield, MA, July 10-15, 2016.  Please go here to find out more:

Click here for Brooklyn POE Concerts

Faculty (for bios, click here)

Alcee Chriss
Gregory Eaton
Katelyn Emerson
David Hurd
Christopher Houlihan
Michael Kaminski
Renée Anne Louprette
Marvin Mills
Paul Olson
Natasha Ulyanovsky

Guest Artist Concert by Joyce Jones
at Our Lady of Refuge Church
July 28, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Click here for details.

Since 1988, approximately 2,500 teen-age musicians have been introduced to the King of Instruments through Pipe Organ Encounters (POE) hosted by dozens of AGO chapters across the country.  These 4-5 day events immerse the students in the organ world, enabling them to experience the magic of the instrument in a variety of venues.

The POE hosted by the Brooklyn Chapter, AGO promises to be a unique experience for all participating.  For the first time in a POE, special attention will be given to skills and repertoire needed for use of the organ in Roman Catholic Liturgy and African American worship.  The congregations of these two faith traditions often face challenges of replacing a retiring generation of musicians with young organists and music ministers adequately equipped to provide musical leadership.   While standard organ training and repertoire will be covered and the expected required events of a POE will be provided, skills and information will be taught specific to these two traditions which will have far-reaching effects on producing well-rounded musicians prepared for future worship trends for which organists must be ready.


Brooklyn POE Committee

Eric Birk, FAGO, MM, Director
Gary Di Franco, Publicity Coordinator
Sophie Williams Johnson, Secretary/Registrar
Michael Kaminski, Faculty Coordinator
John Klauder, Treasurer
Raymond Trapp, CAGO, Services Coordinator
Ellen Wright, Facilities Coordinator

Pipe Organ Encounters is an educational outreach program of the American Guild of Organists.  Major Funding for Pipe Organ Encounters is provided by the Associated Pipe Organ Builders of America. Additional support is provided by the American Institute of Organbuilders and the Jordan Organ Endowment.  Permanently endowed AGO scholarships are provided in memory of Charlene Brice Alexander, Robert S. Baker, Seth Bingham, Michael Cohen, Virgil Fox, Clarence Dickinson, Philip Hahn, Charles N. Henderson, Alfred E. Lunsford, Ruth Miliken, Ned Siebert and Martin M. Wick; and in honor of Anthony Baglivi, Philip E. Baker, Gordon and Naomi Rowley, Fred Swann, Morgan and Mary Simmons and the Leupold Foundation.

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