2017 POE Tech Conference

This summer, students aged 16 to 23 can take advantage of an exciting opportunity to learn the craft of organ building.

From July 9 – 14, the American Guild of Organist is offering the 2017 Pipe Organ Encounter – Technical program. This exciting program will take place in Atlanta, GA at the organ shop of Parkey OrganBuilders, Phillip K. Parkey, President and Tonal Director and will help young people to discover the inner workings of the organ while enhancing their love of the instrument.

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The registration deadline is June 15, 2017. Early bird registration deadline is April 15, 2017.


Attending the Pipe Organ Encounter- Technical

The POE is a four to five day program which will be offered at Parkey OrganBuilders. Director Phil Parkey is a member of the OrganBuilders Atlanta Chapter and will share his unparalleled knowledge of organ construction.

The course will run 4-5 days and will include a study of:

  • The history of the organ.
  • The design and construction of the organ.
  • Organ maintenance.
  • Pipe building and voicing.
  • Tonal design.

Students will have the opportunity to learn about different organ and pipe builders through visits to multiple builders’ shops. Students will also be provided with the opportunity to attend pipe organ concerts, and to play and explore the organ and a variety of other instruments.

Who Can Attend the Pipe Organ Encounter- Technical

The Pipe Organ Encounter- Technical is open to any interested students between the ages of 16 and 23. Students are not required to have studied the organ in the past.

The course may be of special interest to students who are majoring in, or who plan to major in, liberal arts, science, and engineering. A background in construction, woodworking, and the electrical field is helpful but not required for students.

To discover more about the POE-Technical event, students and their parents can download the Atlanta POE-Technical 2017 Brochure.

Download POE Tech Brochure


Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarships for this course are available by contacting Phillip K. Parkey, philparkey@parkeyorgans.com for additional information.


Apply Now!

The registration deadline is June 15, 2017. Early bird registration deadline is April 15, 2017.

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