Welcome to the Richmond AGO 2021 POE+ website.  

Pipe Organ Encounter Plus (POE+) is a five-day program for up to 30 keyboard players over the age of 18 who want to play the organ, or who already play the organ and are interested in improving their skills.

POE+ is designed for those who have achieved at least an intermediate level of keyboard proficiency— that is, are able to play a Bach two-part Invention or
other music of comparable difficulty. Previous organ study is not required; beginners are welcome.

POE+ will offer private and group instruction in manual and pedal technique, registration, hymn playing, accompaniment techniques, sight reading, and transposition (possibly in preparation for the AGO Service Playing Certificate exam). Other topics may include organ repertoire including music for manuals only, organ history, and organ design and construction. 


  • Recital and masterclass by Carina Sturdy
  • Trip to Grooms and Payne Pipe Organ Builders
  • Organ crawl
  • Faculty organ recital

View the preliminary schedule


Students will experience some of the great organs of Richmond, including:

Aeolian-Skinner, 4 manuals, 69 ranks,
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church

M.P. Möller, 4 manuals, 70 ranks,
River Road Church, Baptist

Schantz, 3 manuals, 40 ranks,
Bon Air United Methodist Church

Rudolf von Beckerath, 2 manuals, 41 ranks,
Cannon Memorial Chapel, University of Richmond


The faculty of distinguished local area concert organists and church musicians will include, among others

  • Dr. Mary Beth Bennett, University of Richmond
  • Dr. Judy Fiske, Tabernacle Baptist Church
  • Dr. Ardyth Lohuis, Virginia Commonwealth
    University, Emerita

Housing and Transportation


Participants will stay in a hotel convenient to all venues. Morning workshops will be held at the hotel. The registration fee includes housing in a double-occupancy room for five nights. A single room may be had for an additional fee of $50.


Participants must arrange their own transportation to and from Richmond. Local transportation will be arranged using participants’ cars, church vans, and AGO chapter volunteers, as needed. All travel styles will be accommodated.


Cost & Inclusions

The registration fee is $450 until May 1 or $500 after May 1. This fee includes housing in a double room, all meals, private lessons and group sessions, class materials, the POE program book, and admission to special events. A refund of the amount paid, minus a $50 processing fee, will be available until June 15. After June 15, no refund will be possible.


Please complete both step one and step two below to register.

Step One

Please complete the online registration at:

Step Two

Download and complete the Richmond POE+ Registration form and mail this form with your payment check.

Full payment is due at the time of registration. Make
check payable to:
Richmond Chapter AGO
Mail this form and check to:
POE+ Registrar
Richmond Chapter AGO
P.O. Box 8644
Richmond, VA 23226

We will acknowledge receipt of your registration and payment. If you have questions, please contact

Mrs. Kenna Payne, POE+ Co-Director
P.O. Box 8644, Richmond, VA 23226