Chemung Valley Chapter

Last updated: March 30, 2014 at 22:23 pm

Message from the Dean 

It’s been a tough winter, but maybe we’re almost out of the woods.  April is just a week away, so things are looking up.

We’ve gone for a while without a program, so maybe it’s time we had one.
We will go through the month of April without a program because of Easter, but in the month of May, we are planning to have a members’ recital.  We didn’t have one last year, so I think it’s time.  This one will take place at Grace Episcopal Church in Elmira, corner of Davis and Church Streets. The date will be Saturday, May 17 at 7:30 PM.  We are looking for people to perform on the recital.  Please contact me at or 607-846-8411 if you are interested in performing.  Grace Church has a wonderful organ, and it’s certainly a joy to play it.  If you’ve never played it before, you should come and try it.  If you have played it before, you should come play it again.  There you have it.

This program will be our last program of the year.  If you’re not performing, I hope you will come to the concert.  You will enjoy hearing the organ as much as the performers will enjoy playing it.  Please come and bring your friends.  Hope to see you there.
We’ve had a good year.  Thanks to all for your participation.

Take care.


Chapter Events:

5/17/14:     Annual Member’s Recital at Grace Episcopal Church 375 W.
Church Street(corner Davis St.)  Elmira, NY  7:30 PM
Performers are needed.  Please contact Dan LaBar at: or 607-846-8411


Local Events:

4/6/14            2014 BLAIR – BIGLER CONCERT:
                      “THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK”  
Featuring Joshua Condon, Pianist
First Congregational UCC  171 W. Pulteney St.
Corning, NY   3:00 PM  Admission is free
 A performance of creative, new arrangements of memorable jazz standards and classic tunes from the Great American Songbook.  Prepare yourself for an afternoon of musical delights from a variety of composers such as Duke Ellington, Oscar Peterson, Herbie Hancock and much more!

4/6/14            From Music at Grace:   The Edgewood Piano Trio.
Featuring:  Pianist David Graves, Cellist, Eric Johnson and
Violinist Margaret Matthews.  Grace Episcopal Church
375 W. Church St.(corner Davis St.)  Elmira, NY  4:00 PM
The Concert is free.  A Free Will Offering will be taken.

4/12/14           Choral Workshop  “Singing Games for Health, Harmony, and
Happiness” Sponsored by the Ithaca Community Choruses.
9:30 AM- 12:30 PM.   St. John’s Church Parish Hall 210 N.
N. Cayuga St.  Ithaca, NY. Everyone is Welcome.    Let me
know If you or any members of your Choirs would be
Interested in attending and I will let Susanne know.
E-mail: or 607-377-5363

4/13/14          “Theatre Organ Pops Concert”  select tunes performed                        by  Resident Theatre Organist, David Peckham.   4:00 PM
Come hear the floor-shaking energy and shimmering
sounds of the Marr & Colton  Theatre Organ that are a
delight to the ear and the eye.  With a special treat…
“Teddy  at the Throttle”  a 1917 silent comedy short
film starring Gloria Swanson, Bobby Vernon, Wallace Beery
and Teddy!    at the Clemens Center Elmira, NY.
General Admission Tickets are $15.00 Adults/$7.50 Under
18.  For Ticket Information call 607-734-8191 or

4/26/14           The Ithaca Community Chorus & Chamber Singers
Presents a performance of Ralph Vaughan Williams
“A Sea Symphony” and Whitacre’s “Leonardo Dreams
Of His Flying Machine”   8:00 PM  St. Paul’s Methodist
Church 402 N. Aurora St. Ithaca, NY  Tickets: $15 Advance
$20 at Door, $5 Students, Under 12 Free.
Call 607-227-9063 for Ticket Information.
Directions from Elmira:
Take I-86W/ NY17-W to the NY-13 Exit, Exit 54, toward Ithaca/Horseheads.  Merge onto NY-13 toward Ithaca / NY-13 N.  Pass through 2 roundabouts.  Go 27.3 miles.
Turn right onto W. Clinton St./ NY 96-B.  Continue to follow NY 96-B.  Turn left onto S. Aurora St.  402 N. Aurora St. is on the left.

4/27/14           From Music at Grace:  NYS Baroque Duo.
Featuring:  Soprano Laura Heims and Lutenist Deborah Fox
Grace Episcopal Church  375 W. Church St.(corner Davis
St.)    4:00 PM  The Concert is free.  A Free Will Offering will be taken.

5/4/14             David Jackson, Organist will present an Organ Recital
In honor of the 200th Anniversary of Christ the King
Fellowship Presbyterian Church.  75 N. Main St. Spencer,
NY  4:00 PM .  Featuring a Brass group from  Ithaca, NY.  He will be performing works of Bach, Boellmann, Tournemire, Karg-Elert, & Dubois.

The Cantata Singers 2013-2014 Anniversary Season – Celebrating Five Decades of Choral Music in the Southern Tier.
Our season will conclude in grand style on Sunday, June 1, 2014   at 4:00 pm at The First United Methodist Church of Horseheads, NY 1034 W. Broad St. with a gala performance of the incomparable Mass in B minor by JS Bach accompanied by full orchestra. We also hope to be joined by former Cantata Singers from far and wide as we conclude our golden anniversary season in high style!






For Information on joining our chapter please contact:

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



Summer Organist Needed:

The First Congregational United Church of Christ in Corning, NY at 171 West Pulteney Street is looking for a Summer Organist to perform at our Sunday morning services during the months of July and August.  Services start at 10:00 AM and last about 1 hour.

Sunday service requirements include:  performing hymns, prelude and postlude, offertory, Gloria and Doxology each Sunday.  Communion is served on the first Sunday of each month with additional Special Music required.  There are some services when individuals and/or groups will play the prelude, postlude and special music offerings.  The minister provides hymns early in the week preceding the Sunday service.

Compensation: $75 per service

Contact:  Thomas Kowalik(email: or 607-962-3711)

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