Chemung Valley Chapter

Last updated: October 7, 2014 at 19:28 pm

Message from the Dean 


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

Newsletter Editor’s Message:

Happy Labor Day everyone !! It’s hard to believe that Summer is almost over. My Niece started School 2 weeks ago.
We had a very nice time at our Annual Picnic at Dan’s on August 10th and the weather cooperated.
The Organ Crawl to Sherburne and Hamilton, NY was well attended. We heard some very unique instruments. A good time was had by all. I was joined by Barbara Garges and Pat Silvernail from our Chapter.
While we have no program scheduled for September, I am excited to tell you that our good friend Thom Bohlert is coming to do a Recital at The Park Church. 208 W. Gray St. in Elmira. It will be September 14, 2014. At 3:00 PM. (note time change) Details are elsewhere in this Newsletter. We will be taking Thom out to dinner and inviting the performers to join us following the Recital. We will be going to The Beijing Garden Restaurant 145 W. Gray St. in Elmira at approx. 5:30 PM. Please let me know if you are interested in going. Ph. 607-377-5363 or e-mail:
Our first event of the new year will be Our Chapter’s Organ Crawl and it is 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. Details are elsewhere in this Newsletter.
David Lenington is working on a Christmas Concert for December.

I hope you all have a nice fall 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


Christ Episcopal Church Corning, NY:

Announces an Organist/Choir Director position, starting November 1, 2014. Position requires at least 12 hours per week. Salary commensurate with experience. Contact Dr. Richard Gryzbowski at 607-368-6822.


The Owego United Methodist Church, located at 261 Main Street, offers a permanent part-time position for Choir & Music Director.  Please call 607-687-2417 or email for more information.

Chapter Events:


Chapter Events:

10/18/14: Chemung Valley Chapter Organ Crawl:

To:  The Clemens Center, 207 Clemens Center
Parkway Elmira, NY, Ss. Peter and Paul’s Church(Blessed
Sacrament) 556 St. Joseph’s Blvd(formerly
Market St. at the Corner of High St., Lunch: Charlie’s Café
205 Hoffman St. Elmira, NY, First Presbyterian Church 1054 W.
Clinton St. in Elmira, NY. A full flyer is enclosed.

11/16/14: Organist, Christopher Houlihan will present a Recital as part
of Music at Grace Series. The Recital is co-sponsored by the
Chemung Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
Grace Episcopal Church 375 W. Church Street(corner Davis St.)
Elmira, NY 4:00 PM The Recital is free. A free will offering will
be taken.
The Chemung Valley AGO will sponsor a Christmas Concert at Villa Serene Apartments 399 E. 14th St. in Elmira Heights on Saturday, December 6, 2014, at 2:00 p.m.  Rev. Bill Klees will provide the Christmas Message.
Carrie Hooper will sing festive and sacred selections. Dan LaBar’s students will provide Christmas music on the piano.  We hope you will be able to attend.

 Local Events:

10/17/14: Organ Recital by Donald Ingram, Organist. St. James
Episcopal Church 112 6th St. Watkins Glen, NY 7:30 PM
Tickets are $15 Adults, $12 Seniors, Children and Students
Note postponed from 10/26/14 to 1/25/15:

01/25/15: From Music at Grace: Yuri Kan, Violinist will present a recital.
Grace Episcopal Church 375 W. Church St. Elmira, NY
4:00 PM Admission is free a free will offering will be taken.


From The Cantata Singers of Elmira:

December 6, 2014, performance in Watkins Glen at St. James’ Episcopal Church 112 6th Street at 7:30 PM and a December 7, 2014 performance in Horseheads at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church 408 South Main Street at 4:00 PM : Christmas in Story and Song featuring Hugo Distler’s The Christmas Story, Daniel Pinkham’s Nativity Madrigals with music by Dan Forrest, Hector Villa-Lobos and our traditional Christmas Carol Sing-along. Be on the lookout for a few surprises from PDQ Bach and Mozart!




The Chemung Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists invites you to an autumn jaunt to Elmira:
Saturday, October 18, 2014

Meet: Clemens Center 9:00 a.m.
207 Clemens Center Parkway
Elmira NY 14901

2014 Theater Pipe Organ
25 ranks*

Ss. Peter & Paul 11:00 a.m.
(Blessed Sacrament)
556 556 St. Joseph’s Boulevard
Elmira NY 14901

1940s Frederick L. Betts**
30 ranks***

Lunch: Charlie’s Cafe 12:15 p.m.
205 Hoffman Street
Elmira NY 14905

First Presbyterian Church 2:15 p.m.
1054 West Clinton Street
Elmira NY 14905

2012 L. A. Peckham & Son
39 ranks

Please bring Organ Music
Please see below for directions.
*Originally built by Marr & Colton in 1925 with 20 ranks.
**Originally built by William King and rebuilt by Frederick L. Betts.


Directions to Clemens Center in Elmira
from I-86 (Route 17)

Take I-86 to Elmira/Jerusalem Hill exit 56.
Take exit 56 and proceed to traffic light.
Make left turn and cross over I-86 to Water ST.
Proceed on Water ST by Holiday Inn.
Go straight through traffic light
Go by Honda dealership.
Go by Elmira Savings Bank
Go by Chemung Canal Trust Company
Proceed straight through traffic light at Clemens Center Parkway.
Make right turn under viaduct onto second Carl Proper Lane (formerly Railroad Avenue). Parking lot is on left side.
Clemens Center entrance is on south side of main building.





For Information on joining our chapter please contact:

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



Employers and job seekers are invited to post and search listings of available positions on the Guild’s National Website.





Contact Us

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

David Lenington or (570-268-5035)

Elizabeth Briggs
607-377-5363 or



AGO National website