Chemung Valley Chapter

Last updated: September 15, 2014 at 15:56 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

Chapter Events:

Chemung Valley Chapter Organ Crawl:

9:00 a.m. The Clemens Center, 207 Clemens Center
Parkway Elmira, NY

11:00 a.m. Ss. Peter and Paul’s Church(Blessed
Sacrament) 556 St. Joseph’s Blvd(formerly
Market st. at the Corner of High St.

12:15 p.m. Lunch: Charlie’s Café
205 Hoffman St. Elmira, NY

2:15 p.m. First Presbyterian Church 1054 W. Clinton St. in Elmira, NY.

Please watch the October Newsletter for full flyer.


Community Events:


Sunday, September 14, 2014, 3 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.

Thom’s Biography:

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.




Bethany Lutheran Church
256 South Walnut ST
Elmira, NY

When:           September 28, 2014, at 4:00 p.m.
The Concert is free.


Scott Frye
Carrie Hooper
Frances McLaren
Terry Teufel


Local Events:







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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