Chemung Valley Chapter

Last updated: January 21, 2015 at 14:12 pm

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


Message from The Newsletter Editor:

Happy New Years Everyone !!

I hope that you all had a nice Christmas. I am looking forward to spending the New Year’s with my Mother, Sister and Brother-in-Law, and my Nephew and his wife. I had a nice time in St. Louis over Thanksgiving.
It has been a difficult month for our Chapter. On December 19, 2014 we lossed our very dear Friend and longtime Member Lauren A. Peckham. A WONDERFUL Celebration of His Life was held on December 23, 2014 at The Horseheads UMC. The combined Choirs of the Horseheads UMC and St. Mary our Mother Church sang a beautiful arrangement of “In the Bleak Midwinter” by Gustav Holst. Our Prayers go out to his Family and his wife Julia. A $50 donation was made in his memory from our Chapter to the Horseheads UMC.
Our Annual Christmas Concert that was scheduled to take place at the Villa Serene Apartment Complex in Elmira Heights was held at the Bethany Courtyards in Horseheads instead.  It was a great program that was well attended. Our thanks to the Bethany staff for accommodating us on very short notice. Thank you again to David Lenington for organizing the event.
Our next event will be our Annual Winter Gathering this will take place on Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 3:00 PM at the home of Gerald Parkhouse 1643 W. Water Street in Elmira. Please bring CD’s, Records and Tapes to share. Refreshments will be served.
We are working on future events. Please watch your mail & e-mail for details.


Beth Briggs

Position  Announcements:
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:

Community Events:

Dear AGO members,
The Binghamton Chapter will present its first of three Saturday morning events this coming Saturday, January 24, 10:00 am – 12 noon, at Main Street Baptist Church in Binghamton.  The topic will be the  famous Wanamaker organ in Philadelphia PA. Richard Hedgebeth has edited two DVDs, one of a tour of the organ, and the other of performances on the organ, so that the program will fit into our time frame.  The tour, headed by Michael Barone, is entertaining, but too long in the original version.  A second DVD contains performances on the instrument which are very impressive.  Richard will provide some commentary along with the screening of the edited DVDs.
There will be coffee and tea, and perhaps a few goodies available at the event. You are welcome to bring some delectable edibles if  you wish. You know how our group likes to eat.
The next two Chapter events will take place on February 14 and March 14, featuring the new DVD set produced by Fugue State Films on Cesar Franck. This is the same production company that did the superb DVD set on Cavaille-Coll which we featured last year at three separate events.
I hope you will be able to come on Saturday. It should be a very entertaining and informative program.



1/25/15: From Music at Grace: Yuri Ozawa on Violin & Piano. A
freshman from Elmira College will present a recital. Her
repertoire includes standards of the (western) violin/piano
repertoire- J.S. Bach, Kreisler, Mendelssohn, Chopin – as
well as Japanese folk music and her own compositions.
Grace Episcopal Church 375 W. Church St. Elmira, NY
4:00 PM Admission is free a free will offering will be taken.
2/22/15: From Music at Grace: Tribute Recital Honoring Organ
Builder, Father A. Richard Strauss. Organists: Jonathan
Biggers, Annette Richards, David Yearsley, and Gerald Wolfe
will perform a variety of organ works honoring the
craftsmanship, accomplishments, and friendship of A. Richard
Strauss. Father Strauss is a native of Elmira with a degree in
Music from Ithaca College. While serving local parishes as
organist, he first became an organ builder and later an
Episcopal Priest, recently retiring from many years of serving
the parish of Willard, NY. He took over the rebuilding of the
Grace Church Organ in the 1990’s, completing the new Solo
division in 2009. Grace Episcopal Church 375 W. Church St
(corner Davis St.) Elmira, NY 4:00 PM Admission is free.

3/22/15: From Music at Grace: Jeffery Snedeker, Organist will present
a recital Grace Episcopal Church 375 W. Church Street( corner
Davis St.) Elmira, NY 4:00 PM Admission is free. A free will
offering will be taken
Friday 4/10/15: From Music at Grace: Hobart and William Smith
Colleges Chorale, Conducted by Yunn-Shan Ma
Grace Episcopal Church 375 W. Church St.(corner
Davis St.) Elmira, NY 7:30 PM Admission is free
A free will offering will be taken.


From The Cantata Singers of Elmira:

Where Sacred Waters Divide
· Sunday, March 8, 2015
· 3:00pm 5:00pm
In collaboration with Corning Community College, we present an all original program of music, dance, poetry, and art based on the theme of water. CCC is celebrating a “Year of Water” and has commissioned CCC Poet Edward Dougherty and local composer (and Cantata Singers Music director) Will Wickham to create a program of original music and poetry centered around water in our southern Finger Lakes area.
The program will be presented in the performance space of the “Learning Center” building, R003-R005 at 3 pm on Sunday, March 8 and again at 12:30 on Thursday, March 12.
This program is free and open to everyone.

A Choral Celebration of Life
· Sunday, May 17, 2015
· 4:00pm 6:00pm
May 17, 2015 the program, A Choral Celebration of Life, at Grace Episcopal Church 375 W. Church St. in Elmira, features the new and gorgeous Requiem for the Living by Breeseport native and noted composer Dan Forrest. Also on the program will be music by James Whitbourne, Morten Lauridsen, and some new releases by Karl Jenkins and more.
This program is free and open to everyone. A free-will collection will be taken to help fund our season.






From Barbara Adler, National AGO Treasurer

Dear Daniel,

As your newly elected treasurer on the AGO National Council, I am writing to ask if you would please reinforce the fundraising appeal that just appeared in the November issue of TAO Magazine. We would be grateful if you would make mention of it in your next chapter newsletter.

When I asked everyone to donate at least $1 per month, or $12 each year, I hoped that everyone would contribute this affordable amount, although many of our members already give more. If you calculate $12 from each of 15,000 members, this annual revenue would total $180,000!!! With our diminishing membership rolls, this revenue could help keep us in the black and able to continue our educational and outreach programs as well as the beneficial services we offer our members.

If you feel comfortable expanding a bit, you might remind your chapter members of some of the programs the Annual Fund makes possible, including:

Certification programs
Catalogue of educational materials
Support for POEs (Pipe Organ Encounters)
Support for January Jubilees
Travel for volunteer leaders’ meetings and visits to chapters
Chapter Management Handbook
Website and job postings
National Online Collection and Remittal of Dues (ONCARD)

Please accept my thanks for using your newsletter–and perhaps offering a few words at your upcoming meetings–to emphasize the importance of each member’s contribution to the Annual Fund. Just $1 a month would help balance the books!

With sincere appreciation,

Barbara Adler
Treasurer/Councillor for Finance and Development






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



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