POE Coming to Hartford!

POE Coming to Hartford

By Vaughn Mauren

The Greater Hartford Chapter will host our very own Pipe Organ Encounter (POE) at Trinity College from July 16-21, 2017.

POEs have been wildly successful in attracting and retaining talented young pianists and organists to pursue professional training and careers as liturgical musicians and concert organists. POEs have also provided a place for students aged 13-18 to gather and hang out with other kids who share their passion for the pipe organ. Thanks to the Internet and social media, friendships forged at POEs continue to grow and develop.

At a typical POE, which operates over six days, students enjoy daily private lessons with outstanding faculty. This summer, the faculty includes Susan Carroll, Faythe Freese, Christopher Houlihan, Dr. Ezequiel Menendez, John Rose, Benjamin Straley, David Spicer, Philip Stopford, William K. Trafka, and Natasha Ulyanovsky.

Lessons are augmented by daily practice, masterclasses which cover diverse topics such as improvisation and hymn playing, off-site organ visits, organ factory tours, and recreational activities. Few institutions offer comparable organ camps for both beginner and intermediate organ students.

If you are interested in volunteering to help make our POE a success, please contact Vaughn Mauren, Hartford POE 2017 Director, at . We will need assistance with hospitality, transportation, and chaperoning. For more information, check out our website!

Together, we will make our chapter’s POE a big success!