University of Alabama

June 25-30, 2017


POEA is for students in grades 9-12 who have achieved a high level of success in organ study. Unlike POE, prospective students must submit an audition recording in order to apply. POEA provides a unique opportunity for participants to meet and interact with peers who have similar interests.

POEA Highlights:
  • Daily organ lessons with artist faculty
  • Practice time on a variety of pipe organs
  • Workshops and masterclasses
  • Classes in areas such as pipe organ construction and design; improvisation and organ literature
  • Faculty Organ Recitals
  • Final POEA student recital
  • Special guest lecturer: Fred Teardo, Director of Music and Organist, Cathedral Church of the Advent

Joby Bell, Associate Professor of Organ, Appalachian State University

Lynne Davis, Associate Professor of Music, Wichita State University

Isabelle Demers, Assistant Professor of Organ, Baylor University

Faythe Freese, Professor of Organ, The University of Alabama

Nathan Laube, Assistant Professor of Organ, Eastman School of Music

Shelly Morman-Stahlman, Professor of Music, Lebanon Valley College

Bruce Neswick, Director of Music, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Portland, Oregon

*This faculty is subject to change without notice.

Featured Instruments:

Moller, 4 manuals, 100 ranks – Cathedral Church of the Advent

Holtkamp, 4 manuals, 86 ranks – The University of Alabama

Dobson, 3 manuals, 82 ranks – Independent Presbyterian Church

Letourneau, 3 manuals, 80 ranks – First Presbyterian Church

Dyer, 3 manuals, 45 ranks – First United Methodist Church

Casavant, 2 manuals, 45 ranks – Covenant Presbyterian Church

Austin, 3 manuals, 35 ranks – Christ Episcopal Church

Schlicker, 3 manuals, 30 ranks – Calvary Baptist Church

Holtkamp, 2 manuals, 28 ranks – Canterbury Episcopal Church

Holtkamp, 2 manuals, 27 ranks – St. Mark’s United Methodist Church

Schlicker, 2 manuals, 2 ranks – University of Alabama

Walcker, 2 manuals, 16 ranks – University of Alabama

Walcker, 2 manuals, 15 ranks – University Presbyterian Church


Housing will be provided on the campus of the University of Alabama in air-conditioned, double 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 Birmingham airport or Tuscaloosa train station, if needed, as well as to and from all events during the week.

About POE:

Pipe Organ Encounters is a non-profit 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 Milliken, Bruce Prince-Joseph, 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.


Scholarship Information:

Scholarship assistance is available through the American Guild of Organists. Please contact the Director, Dr. Faythe Freese, for information on initiating the online scholarship process. In addition, students may contact AGO chapters or religious institutions if fi nancial aid is needed.


POEA Brochure: POEA2017