Chemung Valley Chapter

Last updated: May 12, 2019 at 21:39 pm


The Dulciana
Newsletter of the Chemung Valley Chapter
Of The American Guild of Organists
May 2019

Dean’s Message:

Hello Everyone!  Happy Spring to you, even if it is a little cold.

We have one for event planned for our chapter before we break for the summer.  It will be the Members’ Recital, which will be at the Park Church in Elmira.  The date is Sunday, May 19 at 3:00 pm.  There will be five performers, including me.  The others will be Barbara Adler, Claude Cornwall, Julia Peckham and Reggie Piatt. I hope you will all put this event on your calendar and make plans to attend.  Also, be sure to bring a friend.  The Park Church organ is a wonderful instrument.  I’m sure you will enjoy hearing it again.

For you performers, if you want to practice, you should call the church at 733-9104.  You can make set up a practice time with Diane, the secretary, who will keep a schedule.  You can practice on weekdays between 9:00 and 1:00.
If you want to practice on the day of the recital, you should check with me.  I will be making a schedule.  So far, the schedule is Barbara Adler is 12:00 and me at 12:30.  The times of 1:00, 1:30 and 2:00 are available.  Whoever gets their music to me first will get their choice of those times.

Please get your music to me at the latest by Sunday, May 12.  You need to send me the titles of your compositions and the composers and/or arrangers.  If you are playing more than one piece, you should tell me the order of your pieces.  Since there are only five of us playing, each person could play for 20 minutes if they like.

Thanks to everyone.  To performers and listeners, thank you for participating.  This should be a good event for us all.

Take care.


From the Newsletter Editor: Our own David Peckham will be performing as part of The National Convention of the American Theatre Organ Society on July 3, 2019 at the Clemens Center in Elmira, NY. Details are elsewhere in the Newsletter. Our Summer event will be our Picnic at the home of Dan LaBar in August. Watch your mail and e-mail for Date.

I hope you have a safe and Happy Memorial Day,

Beth Briggs
Chapter Events:

5/19/19: Annual Member’s Recital The Park Church 208 W. Gray
Street Elmira, NY 3:00 pm We will be going to Beijing 145 W.
Gray Street Elmira, NY Following the Recital. For Reservations
Contact: Beth Briggs at: or 607-377-

Community Events:

Music at St. Luke Lutheran Church
109 Oak Avenue Ithaca, NY
2018-19 Season

Friday, May 10 at 7:00 p.m.
The Ithaca American Guild of Organists Chapter Recital

Sunday, July 14, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.
Third Annual Bastille Day Recital featuring local organists
All events are free, no tickets required
At concerts, free will offering to benefit Music at St. Luke

From Church of the Redeemer 201 S. Wilber Ave. Sayre, PA The next program on the Recital Series is scheduled for May 5, 2019, 3:00 pm, at the Church of the Redeemer, and will feature a return of the Elmira Keyboard Ensemble, with music for two pianos four hands, two pianos eight hands, and organ piano duets. The 14-bell carillon located in the church’s bell tower will be played just prior to the start of each of the recitals in the series.
Members of the ensemble are Janice Brown, Onalee Newman, Charlotte Cook and Daniel LaBar. A freewill offering will be accepted. For more information, please contact Daniel LaBar at 607-846-8411.



We conclude this season in June with an extra special event in honor of all who suffer from or care for Alzheimer’s or other dementia patients. On Sunday, June 9 at 3 pm at the Wings of Eagles Discovery Center 328 Daniel Zenker Dr. Horseheads, NY we will perform “Alzheimer Stories” by Robert Cohen, a work that was commissioned by the Susquehanna Valley Choral just down Route 15 south of here. Also on the program will be some fun surprises and very touching tributes!

Blair-Bigler-Perry Concert Presents:

Michael Plagerman and The Corning Brass Works

Performing works for Solo Organ, Brass & Organ & Brass

Performing Patriotic Variation Sets from the 19th Century
Sunday June 23, 2019 3:00 PM at
First Congregational UCC
171 W. Pulteney St. Corning, NY
Composers include Rinck, Paine, Buck, and Ives.

Admission is Free. A free will offering will be taken.


The National Convention of the American Theatre Organ Society will be hosted by the Rochester Theatre Organ Society June 30-July 5 this year. They will be visiting Elmira’s Clemens Center 207 Clemens Center Parkway Elmira, NY for two programs on Wednesday, July 3, 2019. The afternoon program features Simon Gledhill, one of the UK’s most brilliant organists; this event is for convention attendees only. The evening program is open to the public and will feature the Rick Benjamin’s Paragon Ragtime Orchestra and David Peckham.  PRO visited Clemens two years ago and the very enthusiastic audience demanded an encore. This 7:00pm show will include solo offerings by the PRO and David Peckham, collaborations in the style of the grand movie palaces of the 1920s and a silent film accompanied by organ and orchestra. The musical event of the summer season!
For Tickets contact the Box Office: 607-734-8191 or 1-800-724-0159

David Peckham, Organist will perform a Concert
Friday, May 17, 2019
7:30 PM
First Presbyterian Church 1054 W. Clinton St. Elmira, NY
David Peckham has been active in the musical life of the Elmira area for many years. He has been Resident Organist of Clemens Center since its opening in 1977 and has been organist at the Horseheads First United Methodist Church since 1985. Peckham’s organ studies began with Albert Zabel (then of the Park Church) and continued with Dr. David Craighead of the Eastman School of Music. He returned from college to join his parent’s pipe organ service business and is currently the owner of that firm which cares for about 55 pipes organs. Peckham has performed for many conventions of the American Theatre Organ Society, the Organ Historical Society’s annual convention as well as numerous concerts internationally.








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New Dues Rates

AGO National has established the following dues rates for the upcoming 2017-18 year.
Regular member                 $105
Special member                  $  80
Young Organist                  $  50

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.






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



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