Chemung Valley Chapter

Last updated: November 21, 2014 at 16:26 pm

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


Message from The Newsletter Editor:

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone !!

The Newsletter for December is going out early. My Mother and I are looking forward to spending the Holiday with my Brother and his family in St. Louis, MO. We will be joined by my Nephew Zachary a newly commissioned Army 2nd Lieutenant.

Christopher Houlihan’s Recital at Grace Church was fantastic. He was an amazing performer to watch. He was so personable. We enjoyed a varied program. A small group of us had a nice dinner afterward at the Radisson Hotel in Corning.

Our December program will take place at the Villa Serene Apartment Complex in Elmira Heights.  We will be doing a Christmas program for the residents, but you are all invited to attend.  It will be at 2:00 PM on Saturday, December 6.  Carrie Hooper will be singing some Christmas selections as well as singing carols with the residents.  There will be a speaker, and some of my piano students will play some selections. Thanks to David Lenington for organizing this program.  I hope you can all attend.

Our Annual Winter Gathering 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.
I hope you have a safe and Blessed Thanksgiving.

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:
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.

1/18/14: Annual Winter Gathering at the home of Gerald Parkhouse
1643 W. Water St. Elmira, NY 3:00 PM Please bring CD’s,
Records and Tapes to share. Refreshments will be served.
Community Events:

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 3:00 PM(note time change) : 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!


presented by our area church choirs including Horseheads First United Methodist, St. Mary Our Mother, First Presbyterian of Horseheads, St. Matthew’s Episcopal of Horseheads.

In addition to the combined adult choirs, there is a Children’s and Youth Choir, and many fine instrumentalists including strings, brass and woodwinds.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2014 at 5:00PM

1034 West Broad Street Admission is free.

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.







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