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Coming Soon: Birmingham's Pipe Organ Encounter Advanced 2017

When: Sunday, June 25 - Friday, June 30, 2017

Where: the campus of The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa

The Birmingham chapter is pleased to announce plans are well underway for POEA2017. The schedule of activities for the week is planned, our roster of outstanding faculty members is set, and many beautiful venues with incredible organs are sharing their facilities with us for student lessons and all the recitals to be played. It truly will be a rewarding week for students, faculty, POEA staff, and the many supporters of this event.

To visit our official Pipe Organ Encounter Advanced 2017 website, click Birmingham POEA 2017.

POEA 2017 brochure provides an overview of the week's activities, how to register, and other information of interest.

Our faculty roster includes these outstanding organists:

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 Moorman-Stahlman, Professor of Music, Lebanon Valley College

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

Frederick Teardo, Guest Lecturer, Director of Music and Organist, Cathedral Church of the Advent, Birmingham

Highlights from the daily schedule (all in Tuscaloosa unless otherwise noted):

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Opening Recital: Isabelle Demers at Moody Concert Hall, University of Alabama

Monday, June 26, 2017

Letourneau Organ Demonstration and Open Console: Jeff Binford at First Presbyterian Church

Improvisation Workshop I: Bruce Neswick at First Presbyterian Church

Sure-Fire Practice Techniques: Faythe Freese at First Presbyterian Church

Masterclass: Shelly Moorman-Stahlman and Joby Bell at Calvary Baptist Church

Faculty Recital: Lynne Davis, Nathan Laube, and Bruce Neswick at First Presbyterian Church

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Keyboard Technique and Body Awareness: Shelly Moorman-Stahlman at UA's Recital Hall

Organ Tech Workshop: Phil Parkey and Randall Dyer at UA's Recital Hall and Concert Hall

Masterclass: Isabelle Demers and Faythe Freese at Grace Presbyterian Church

Rising Stars Young Artists Recital: Tyler Canonico and Chase Loomer at First United Methodist Church

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Theatre Organ with Hands-On Time: Gary Jones and "Big Bertha" at Alabama Theatre, Birmingham

Accompanying Anglican Chant: Fred Teardo at Independent Presbyterian Church, Birmingham

Masterclass: Lynne Davis and Nathan Laube at Cathedral Church of the Advent, Birmingham

Faculty Recital: Joby Bell, Faythe Freese, and Shelly Moorman-Stahlman at Cathedral Church of the Advent, Birmingham

Reception at Cathedral Church of the Advent, Birmingham

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Introduction to Performance Practice: Nathan Laube at UA's Moody Concert Hall

Improvisation Workshop II: Bruce Neswick at UA's Moody Concert Hall

Dialogue on Clergy and Musician Relationships: the Rev. David Meginniss and the Rev. Catherine Collier at Christ Episcopal Church

Friday, June 30, 2017

POEA Student Recital at UA's Moody Concert Hall

Registration and additional information

To read about the Pipe Organ Encounters Advanced program, a part of the annual educational outreach program of the national American Guild of Organists, see POE Advanced. On this page you'll find the purposes of a POEA as well as links to our contact information, our official Birmingham POEA 2017 website, and our printable POEA brochure which tells you everything you need to know about the week.

Further down on the page is a link for students to apply online to attend the POEA, as well as a link for teachers to submit their student recommendation form . And below that is important information about scholarship assistance available for those in need of financial support to attend.

In the meantime, we invite you to tour our website and see some of the fabulous instruments in our area. You might also check out our Calendar of Events to see some of the activities coming up for our chapter and presentations in area churches led by chapter members. As always, there's a lot going on in the Birmingham area!

If you have questions at anytime, please contact the POEA2017 Director, Dr. Faythe Freese, at or 205-348-3329.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Just a few of the organs you'll be hearing and playing...

University of Alabama Concert Hall, Tuscaloosa

Holtkamp, Opus 2005, 4 manuals, 86 ranks

Holtkamp Organ Company

Univ of Ala Holtkamp

First Presbyterian Church, Tuscaloosa

Letourneau, Opus 129, 3 manuals, 80 ranks

Tuscaloosa First Presbyterian Church

Tuscaloosa FPC Letourneau

Independent Presbyterian Church, Birmingham

Dobson, Opus 90, 3 manuals, 82 ranks

Dobson Organ Company

IPC Dobson

Alabama Theatre, Birmingham

Wurlitzer Unit Orchestra, Opus 1783, Publix 1, 4 manuals, 29 ranks

Alabama Theatre Organ

Ala Theater Big Bertha