Chemung Valley Chapter

Last updated: July 9, 2017 at 16:23 pm


The Dulciana

Newsletter of the Chemung Valley Chapter

Of The American Guild of Organists

May 2017

Newsletter Editor’s Message:

Happy Memorial Day Everyone!

I hope that you all had a nice Easter. Our Church Choir was small but mighty this year.

Our Member’s Recital went very well, and we enjoyed some GREAT music. Afterward we had a very nice Dinner at Beijing Garden. Thank you so much to all the performers. We are already looking forward to next year. We have no further events planned through June. Please watch your mail and e-mails for details on our Annual Summer Picnic @ Dan’s. We always have a good time. If I hear of any Events this Summer by other local Chapters I will pass the information along.

There are a number of Community Events in the Newsletter that might be of interest.

I hope you all have a WONDERFUL SUMMER !!.

Beth Briggs


From Carrie Hooper:

Hello.  My name is Carrie Hooper and I offer private voice and piano lessons.  I could teach Monday through Friday morning or afternoon, even Saturday if necessary.  I could also offer private language lessons in German, Italian, Spanish, Swedish, Albanian, or Romanian to anyone interested.  For more information please contact Carrie Hooper at 607-732-6788.

Carrie Hooper is Teaching Voice and Piano

Studios on the Square

106 North Main Street, Suite D


Tuesday and Thursday afternoons

Please phone 607-732-6788


Chapter Events:

8/27/17:  Annual Chemung Valley Chapter Picnic:  At the home of Dan LaBar 353 Lovell Avenue  Elmira, NY  12:30 PM.  Please bring a dish to pass.  Meat, Beverages & Table Service provided.  Contact Beth Briggs @ 607-377-5363 or for more information.

Community Events:


Silent film with the original 1920 orchestral score, Performed by PARAGON RAGTIME ORCHESTRA and Theater Organist David Peckham Sunday July 23, 2017 4:00 PM Clemens Center 207 Clemens Center Parkway Elmira, NY. General Admission Tickets $20 Adult/$10 Youth under 18. Inquire about Group Rates. Call: 607-734-8191 or 800-724-0159 or visit Clemens

The Silent original The Mark of Zorro –Hollywood’s very first Action-Adventure Movie!
Douglas Fairbanks thrills audiences with swordplay, romance, and just a bit of comedy.
Bringing the film to life with authentic movie accompaniment is Rick Benjamin’s
Paragon Ragtime Orchestra in collaboration with Resident Theater Organist, David
Peckham on the Clemens Center Marr & Colton Theatre Organ!
Join in on the afternoon of fun as the audience is invited to march at the end of the




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.



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.


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