Chemung Valley Chapter

Last updated: May 8, 2014 at 14:06 pm

Message from the Dean 

I hope that you all had a nice Easter. I keep hoping that Spring has finally sprung. Then we have a chilly day like yesterday. I am looking forward to May. My Mother and I will be driving to Albany to watch my Nephew receive his Phd. Unfortunately both of my Nephew’s graduate the same day and time in different cities. I wish that I could go to both.

Our next program will be our Member’s Recital. This one will take place at Grace Episcopal Church in Elmira, corner of Davis and Church Streets. The date will be Saturday, May 17 at 7:30 PM.  The performers are set.  Grace Church has a wonderful organ. A poster is enclosed please post it in your Churches and spread the word.

This program will be our last program of the year.  If you’re not performing, I hope you will come to the concert.  You will enjoy hearing the organ as much as the performers will enjoy playing it.  Please come and bring your friends.  Hope to see you there.
We’ve had a good year.  Thanks to all for your participation.

Our Annual Picnic will be sometime in August. Please watch your mail and e-mails for further information.

Take care.
Beth Briggs
Chapter Events:

5/17/14:     Annual Member’s Recital at Grace Episcopal Church 375 W.
Church Street(corner Davis St.)  Elmira, NY  7:30 PM
Performers are needed.  Please contact Dan LaBar at: or 607-846-8411


Local Events:

5/18/14 The Elmira Keyboard Quartet will present a concert at New
Beginnings United Methodist Church 300 E. Miller St. in Elmira,
NY on Sunday, May 18 at 3:00 PM. The group performs piano
duets, organ-piano duets and music for 8 hands. The featured
work on the program is the third movement from Mozart’s
Concerto in F Major for 3 pianos and Orchestra( Organ). Other
composers to be featured include J.S. Bach, Grieg, Dvorak and
Copland. Members of the group are: Janice Brown, Charlotte
Cook, Onalee Nixon and Dan Labar. There will be a free will
offering taken. A reception will follow the concert.


The Cantata Singers 2013-2014 Anniversary Season – Celebrating Five Decades of Choral Music in the Southern Tier.
Our season will conclude in grand style on Sunday, June 1, 2014   at 4:00 pm at The First United Methodist Church of Horseheads, NY 1034 W. Broad St. with a gala performance of the incomparable Mass in B minor by JS Bach accompanied by full orchestra. We also hope to be joined by former Cantata Singers from far and wide as we conclude our golden anniversary season in high style!



I often have written about Organ Historical Society conventions that I have attended.   Last years convention was in Northern Vermont but  I’m excited to tell you that this years convention is being held in and around Syracuse NY.   The convention dates are Aug 11 thru Aug 14.      I urge you to go the OHS website and look at the details about this convention.   The URL is     The convention will start Monday night, Aug 11 at Syracuse University with Hector Olivera and then 3 full days of concerts in Syracuse, Auburn, Ithaca, Cazenovia, Lodi, Skaneateles and more.     Artists include, Dr. Biggers, Chistopher Marks, Will Headlee, Allison Evans Henry, David Yearsley and others.   Instruments from all the major manufactures.  You can sign up for the full convention or just 1 day.   They have a daily registration for every day of the convention so you don’t have to commit to the full convention.     The full convention is $550 and daily registrations run around $175-$195 but includes 1 or 2 meals.  There are optional days before and afterwards if you are interested as well.   Jonathan will be playing at the First Unitarian Society of Ithaca on Wednesday morning.    Wednesday is the Cortland – Ithaca day with all the concerts in those two cities.  The evening concert is at Sage Chapel on the Cornell campus.  If you have questions please contact me either by email ( or call my cell phone 761-1780.   I have been to about 20 OHS conventions and can probably answer your questions or least give you and idea what to expect.    What better way to see and hear some of the fabulous instruments in our area.  I don’t think you will ever get a “closer chance” to attend an OHS convention.  Next years convention will be in Western Massachusetts and 2016 will be in Philadelphia.

Dave Clark




For Information on joining our chapter please contact:

David Lenington,Treasurer Chemung Valley AGO Chapter
101 John B. Merrill Pkwy
Towanda,PA 18848



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Chapter Officers
Daniel LaBar (Home 607-846-8411) or

David Lenington or (570-268-5035)

Elizabeth Briggs
607-377-5363 or



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