Chemung Valley Chapter

Last updated: October 10, 2016 at 23:03 pm


The Dulciana
Newsletter of the Chemung Valley Chapter
Of The American Guild of Organists
October  2016

Newsletter Editor’s Message:

Hi Everyone,

I hope you are all having a nice fall. I think the weather is finally turning a bit cooler. I hope your new year is off to good start.

We had a nice picnic on August 28.  There were five of us.  It was very hot out on my patio, so we decided to come inside and have the picnic.  We still had a good time.

Our first program for the fall will be the organ crawl on Saturday, October 1.  The crawl will be to Binghamton and Ithaca. The first church we visit will be Tabernacle Methodist Church in Binghamton, where Barbara Garges is organist. It will be followed by a stop at First Congregational Church in Binghamton. Lunch will be at the Park Diner in Binghamton. After Lunch we will be visiting the new organ at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Ithaca, NY.

We want to thank Dave Lenington for organizing the crawl.  We hope you all can make it. David has been ill if you would like to send him a card his address is:
211 Laning Creek Road Towanda, PA 18848.

Our second event for the fall will be an organ recital by Kimberly Marshall.  She will be coming to us from Phoenix, Arizona.  Her recital will be at Grace Church in Elmira on Sunday, October 30 at 4:00 PM. All are invited to attend.  A freewill offering will be taken.

Thank you very much.  I hope to see you all at both events.

Take care,

Beth Briggs

Joe Barber has retired as Director of Music and Organist at The Park Church Elmira, NY. He will continue on as Associate Organist. He is now available as a Substitute Organist in the Waverly, Valley, and Elmira areas. He can be reached at 607-240-6233.
Chapter Events:

10/30/16: From Music at Grace: Organ Recital by Kimberly Marshall
Co-sponsored by the Chemung Valley AGO Chapter
Grace Episcopal Church 375 W. Church St.(corner Davis St.)
Elmira, NY 4:00 PM Admission is free. A freewill offering will be
12/10/16: Annual Christmas Concert: Dayspring I Community Room
101 Columbia St. Corning, NY 2:00 p.m.
There is parking in the Dayspring II parking lot off Tioga Ave.
The Program features:
Christmas message with Rev. Bill Klees.
Soprano solos with Carrie Hooper
Christmas carols-All
Piano students of Dan LaBar.


Community Events:

Carrie Hooper and Elmira Keyboard Ensemble to Perform in Towanda
You are invited to a concert, Sousa and Towanda, sponsored by the Bradford County Historical Society on Friday, October 21, 2016, at 6:00 p.m.  Carrie Hooper will sing selections that were included in various concerts given by John Philip Sousa and his Band.  Elmira Keyboard Ensemble’s four pianists will perform six selections including Stars and Stripes Forever using two pianos.  Bradford County Historical Society 109 Pine Street Towanda, PA 18848
Admission is without charge.  Reservations are needed.  Please e-mail or phone 570-268-5035 for reservations.





New Dues Rates

AGO National has established the following dues rates for the upcoming 2015-16 membership year.  Each category will increase $3.
Regular member                 $100
Special member                  $  75
Student member                 $  40
Partner                                $  75

Local membership will remain the same.
Chapter Friend                    $  20

The new rates will appear on the April 1 renewal notices that AGO Headquarters will send to current chapter members renewing for the 2015-2016 membership year.




David Peckham named Theatre Organist of the Year by the American Theatre
Organ Society:

David is well-known to theatre organ audiences throughout the world and has served as resident organist at the Clemens Center in Elmira, NY since its opening. Hearing theatre organ music even before he was born, he was fortunate to grow up in a home packed with a modest theatre organ and all sorts of automatic musical instruments. Like so many child prodigies, Dave began taking piano lessons at age eight, then moved to the pipe organ when he was 11. He studied liberal arts and music at the Eastman School of Music, then returned to his home in Horseheads, New York, to work at his family’s pipe organ repair shop, L.A. Peckham and Son Pipe Organ Service. He credits his parents with giving him a musical background. ’’I was going to concerts, apparently, before I was born,’’ he said.


Kimberly Marshall

Kimberly Marshall maintains an active career as a concert organist, performing regularly in Europe, the US and Asia. She has held teaching positions at the Royal Academy of Music, London, and Stanford University, California. Winner of the St. Albans Competition in 1985, she has been invited to play in prestigious venues and has recorded for Radio-France, the BBC, and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Kimberly Marshall has performed throughout Europe, including concerts in London’s Royal Festival Hall and Westminster Cathedral, King’s College, Cambridge, Norte-Dame Cathedral, Paris, Chartres and Uppsala Cathedrals, as well as the Dormition Abbey in Jerusalem. She has also performed on many historical organs, such as the Couperin organ at Saint-Gervais, Paris, the Gothic organ in Sion, Switzerland, and the Cahmann organ in Leufstabruk, Sweden. Her playing is informed by research into obscure repertoire and by knowledge of performance practice. While at Stanford and the Royal Academy of Music, she gave performances of organ works by Ligeti in the presence of the composer, and she has been an advocate for music by Margaret Sandresky, Dan Locklair and Ofer Ben-Amots. She is attracted to the organ by its vast possibilities of timbre and by the instrument’s complex development since its invention in the third century BCE. Her work reflects this enthusiasm for musical creativity and historical awareness.

Dr. Marshall’s compact disc recordings feature music of the Italian and Spanish Renaissance, French Classical and Romantic periods, and works by J. S. Bach. Her most recent CD celebrates the music of Arnolt Schlick on the 500th anniversary of its publication (2012). A CD/DVD set entitled A Fantasy through Time, was released on the Loft label in 2009, receiving effusive reviews, as did her recording of Chen Yi’s organ concerto with the Singapore Symphony on the BIS label (2003). Her expertise in medieval music is reflected in her recording, Gothic Pipes, as well as through her scholarly contributions in such publications as the Grove Dictionary of Music and the Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages. To increase awareness of this repertoire, she published anthologies of late-medieval and Renaissance organ music in 2000 and 2004.
Dr. Marshall appeared at regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists in Phoenix (2009) and in San Francisco (2011). She is also a frequent recitalist and workshop leader at national conventions of the AGO. A review of her performance for the national convention in July 2010 extolls her as “a multi-faceted musician” who “pushed the organ to its limit with her virtuosic demands in playing and registration….This was a royal performance by one of our royalty!”

This past summer, Kimberly was Artist-in-Residence at the University for Music and the Performing Arts in Vienne, where she held masterclasses and performed on the Wöckerl organ from 1642. She also presented a lecture-recital in Amsterdam and was a featured performer for the Organ Historical Society’s 60th anniversary Convention in Philadelphia.


Grace Episcopal Church

Elmira, NY

Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016

Kimberly Marshall, organ


Six Centuries of Organ Music




Paraphrase on “See the conqu’ring hero comes!”                             Alexandre Guilmant

From Handel’s from Judas Maccabeus, Op. 90                                      (1837-1911)



A minor Trance (2016)                                                               Christoph Bull (b. 1966)



Maria zart                                                                                                    Arnolt Schlick

Ascendo ad Patrem meum                                                                        (c.1455-c.1525)



Variations on the National Hymn “God of our Fathers”       Margaret Vardell Sandresky

(commissioned by Kimberly Marshall, 2016)                                          b. 1921



Choral III in A Minor                                                                                     César Franck




                                                                                                                   Josef Rheinberger                                                                                          (1839-1


Fugue in E-flat Major, BWV 552ii



Chorale settings from Opus 122

Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen

Two settings of Herzlich tut mich verlangen



Praeambulum super mi

Redeuntes in mi




Johann Sebastian Bach



Johannes Brahms





Buxheimer Orgelbuch


Passacaglia from Organ Sonata 8, op. 132



      Josef Rheinberger










For Information on joining our chapter please contact:

David Lenington, Treasurer Chemung Valley AGO Chapter
211 Laning Creek Road
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