Chemung Valley Chapter

Last updated: August 25, 2014 at 15:53 pm

Message from the Dean 


The Dulciana
Newsletter of the Chemung Valley Chapter
Of The American Guild of Organists
August 2014

Newsletter Editor’s Message:

I hope that you are all having a nice Summer. It is hard to believe it is August already. Don’t forget it is Membership Renewal time. There is still time. Just a reminder that our Annual Chapter Picnic will be held at the home of Dan LaBar
353 Lovell Avenue in Elmira on Sunday August 10, 2014 @ 12:30 PM. Please bring a dish to pass. Meat, beverages and table service provided.
We have been invited on an Organ Crawl to Sherburne and Hamilton, NY. It will be held Wednesday August 20, 2014. We will be joined by the Binghamton and Oneonta Chapters. Let me know if you are interested in going, so that you can be included in the Lunch reservations. E-mail: or Ph. 607-377-5363 Details are included elsewhere in this Newsletter. A full Flyer will be available later this weekend. I will send out an e-mail. If you would like a paper copy, please let me know
While we have no program scheduled for September, I am excited to tell you that our good friend Thom Bohlert will be coming to do a Recital at The Park Church. It will be September 14, 2014 at 3:00 PM
Our Chapter’s Organ Crawl is tentatively scheduled for Saturday October 18, 2014. This year we will be going to the Clemens Center in Elmira, NY, Ss. Peter’s and Paul’s Church in Elmira, NY. Lunch will be at Charlie’s Café on Hoffman Street in Elmira, NY. Our final stop will be The First Presbyterian Church in Elmira.

I hope you all have a nice summer and safe travels,

Beth Briggs

Dues Renewal:
Dues can be renewed online at:
AGO Headquarters will mail paper dues notices later in the summer.
Position Announcement:

Spencer Federated Church
One service weekly and choir rehearsal
Midmer Pipe Organ in good playing condition
Salary negotiable

Contact: Harry Ritzler 607 589 4274

Chapter Events:

10/18/14: Tentative Date: Chemung Valley Chapter Organ Crawl.
To the Clemens Center, Ss. Peter and Paul’s Church and First Presbyterian Church in Elmira, NY.

Please watch the September and October Newsletters for more details:

Community Events:


Sunday, September 14, 2014, 3 p.m.

A Concert celebrating the 40th anniversary of the installation of the Schantz pipe organ at The Park Church, 208 W. Gray St. Elmira, N.Y.
Thomas Bohlert, organist, joined by Charlotte Cook, organist, Carrie Hooper, soprano, and Linda Couchon, violin
Music by Theodore Dubois, G. F. Handel, J.S. Bach, Jacques Lemmens, Charles Gounod, Cesar Franck, and Percy Fletcher, and others.

Thom’s Biography:

Thomas Bohlert is director of music at the First Presbyterian Church in East Hampton, where he is organist and directs the adult and children’s choirs. He leads the Music at the Old Town Church series, which has included organ and voice recitals, musicales, silent films with organ accompaniment, jazz services, and art exhibits. In 2005 he oversaw the reconditioning of the 1960 Austin organ there, and in 2013 the rebuilding of the Steinway piano in the sanctuary. He is also accompanist for the Choral Society of the Hamptons.
He is a member of the newly formed chamber music ensemble Bach & Forth. Recently he gave the premiere performance of a new song cycle for soprano, sung by Trudy Craney, and piano by New York City composer Noa Ain, “Vita Nova” (“New Life”), based on texts by Dante Alighieri, at Saint Peter’s Lutheran Church in New York City. Last year he led a class on the Brahms Chorale Preludes for organ for the Binghamton, N.Y. chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
He previously was director of music at The Park Church in Elmira, New York, from 1980 to 1999.


Local Events:







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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Contact Us

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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