Last updated: August 14, 2014 at 20:43 pm
Message from the Dean
Newsletter of the Chemung Valley Chapter
Of The American Guild of Organists
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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,
Dues can be renewed online at: https://www.agohq.org/oncard-login/
AGO Headquarters will mail paper dues notices later in the summer.
Spencer Federated Church
One service weekly and choir rehearsal
Midmer Pipe Organ in good playing condition
Contact: Harry Ritzler 607 589 4274
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:
8/20/14: Oneonta Organ Crawl to: Sherburne and Hamilton.
Organ Crawl details are elsewhere in this Newsletter.
1st stop: 10:00 AM St. Malachy’s Church 31 E. State St. Sherburne, NY
Lunch: 12:00 Noon Colgate Inn 1 Payne St. Hamilton, NY
2nd stop: 2:00 PM First Baptist Church 27 Broad St. Hamilton, NY
3rd stop: 3:00 PM Colgate University Memorial Chapel 13 Oak Dr.
Save the Date:
Sunday, September 14, 2014, 4 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.
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.
Dear AGO members,
With all the notices I have sent out to you recently, you must be thinking I have too much time on my hands. However, we have had three really terrific AGO related events already in August, and there is one more next Wednesday.
On Wednesday, August 20, we are invited to an organ crawl in Sherburne and Hamilton NY organized by Robert Rowland-Raybold and the Oneonta AGO chapter. Please let me know no later than Monday, August 18 if you want to join us. Also, please let me know if you are willing to take your car. The schedule is as follows:
*-10:00 am We meet at St Malachy’s Church, 31 East State Street in Sherburne. There is a two manual organ (originally a Beeman) in the rear gallery. Host is Fr. Lester
*-After St. Malachy’s, we drive to Hamilton to the Colgate Inn for lunch (lunch menu is attached and also copied below).
*-After lunch, we go to the First Baptist Church in Hamilton where the organist, Chris Warren, will show us the organ with its new antiphonal division, built by Kerner and Merchant of Syracuse.
*-Last stop will be at the Chapel of Colgate University in Hamilton which has a 3 manual Holtkamp tracker.
Roberta reminds us to bring: glasses, organ shoes, and music.
Directions from Elmira and Binghamton:
Take 17 (I-86) east to I-81 North. Get off at exit 6, turn right at the light onto upper Front Street and just keep going. Route 12 is a continuation of Upper Front. (Note: construction at the ramp of 17 and I-81 North is closed and signs will detour you onto Front Street and direct you back onto 81 North at exit 5. If you get onto I-81 North there, make sure you get off at the next exit. If you prefer, you can just stay on Front Street and just keep going straight onto Route 12.) In Sherburne, State Street crosses Route 12. Turn right onto East State Street. From Binghamton, it should be about an hour and a half trip.
John Holt, Dean
For Information on joining our chapter please contact:
David Lenington, Treasurer Chemung Valley AGO Chapter
101 John B. Merrill Pkwy
Employers and job seekers are invited to post and search listings of available positions on the Guild’s National Website.
Daniel LaBar (Home 607-846-8411) or email@example.com
David Lenington DAVELEN@epix.net or (570-268-5035)
607-377-5363 or firstname.lastname@example.org