Chemung Valley Chapter

Last updated: October 9, 2017 at 11:16 am


The Dulciana

Newsletter of the Chemung Valley Chapter
Of The American Guild of Organists

October 2017

Newsletter Editor’s Message:

Happy Halloween Everyone!

Fall is upon us and we are enjoying an unusually warm spell. Cooler weather is coming. I am looking forward to Family visits and a Wedding in CT. next week.

Our first event of the new year will be our Annual Organ Crawl. This year the plan is to visit Organs in Tioga, PA, Wellsboro, PA with Lunch at the Penn Wells Hotel. The date will be October 21, 2017. Agenda enclosed. Please watch your mail for a full flyer. Our final event of 2017 will be our Annual Christmas Concert. It will be held Saturday December 9, 2017 @ 2:00 PM @ Dayspring I Apartments 101 Columbia Street Corning, NY. It will feature A Christmas message with the Rev. Bill Klees. Soprano solos by Carrie Hooper, Christmas carols-All and the Piano Students of Dan LaBar.


I hope you all have a WONDERFUL FALL !!.



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.
Gerald Wolfe has left Grace Episcopal Church in Elmira we wish him well in his future endeavors. There is an opening for a Director of Music/Organist. For more information please contact the Rev. Kit Tobin
Chapter Events:


10/21/17: Organ Crawl to: Tioga, Wellsboro, PA, with Lunch at Penn
Wells Hotel Partial Flyer is enclosed.

  The Chemung Valley Chapter

  of the American Guild of Organists

   invites you to an autumn jaunt to

Tioga and Wellsboro



Saturday, October 21, 2017


Meet:  St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church         9:00 a.m.

Main Street

Tioga, Pennsylvania


A                                       First Presbyterian Church                10:45 a.m.

130 Main Street

Wellsboro, Pennsylvania


Lunch: Penn Wells Hotel                               Noon

aa                                  62 Main Street

Wellsboro, Pennsylvania


United Methodist Church                   2:00 p.m.

                               36 Main Street                        

           .                   Wellsboro, Pennsylvania

Please phone 570-268-5035, or e-mail for lunch reservations.





12/9/17: Annual Christmas Concert: Dayspring I Community Room
101 Columbia St. Corning, NY 2:00 PM
Featuring: Christmas message with the Rev. Bill Klees.
Soprano solos by Carrie Hooper & Beth Briggs
Christmas carols-All and the Piano Students of Dan LaBar.
Admission is free. Everyone is welcome.


Community Events:

Redeemer Recital Series presents



Music for

Violin, Organ, and Piano


Linda Couchon, violin

Charlotte Cook, organ & piano


Sunday, October 22, 2017

3:00 p.m.


Church of the Redeemer

201 South Wilbur Ave.

Sayre, Pennsylvania


Sunday, October 29, 2017

3:00 p.m.

The Park Church

208 W. Gray St.  Elmira, NY


This first concert of the 2017-2018 Redeemer Recital Series will feature a wide variety of music for violin in combination with organ or piano as well as solo pieces for the two keyboard instruments.  Included are variations on “Amazing Grace,” a rollicking and rambunctious “Mazurka,” and “Jubilation,” pull out all the stops” showpiece for the organ.  Also on the program are arrangements of orchestral classics such as the “Barcarolle” from Tales of Hoffman and “Meditation” from Thais. The recital closes with “Graceful Ghost Rag” a concert variation for violin and piano.  The recital is free and open to the public.




From the Cantata Singers of Elmira:

December 3, 2017 “Christmas in the British Isles” New Beginnings United
Methodist Church 300 E. Miller Street Elmira, NY
3:00 PM Admission is free.


Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 7 pm – The Cantata Singers as Special Guests of Danú, The Clemens Center, Elmira. Please contact the Clemens Center at or 734-8191 for tickets.





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