Chemung Valley Chapter

Last updated: October 14, 2015 at 19:45 pm


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

October 2015

Newsletter Editor’s Message:
Happy Halloween, Everyone!!

The leaves are changing and the weather is getting cooler.  Columbus Day is just 2 weeks away. It seems hard to believe. I hope you have all are having a nice fall. Our
Fall schedule gets underway this month.

Our first activity for the fall will be the annual organ crawl, planned by David Lenington..  This year, we will be traveling to Watsontown, PA, which is south of Williamsport. We will begin at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Ravert who has quite a few items that we will enjoy.  That will be at 10:00 AM. Please refer to the flyer which is enclosed with this newsletter for details of the rest of the day.  The date for the organ crawl is Saturday, October 24 2015. Let me know if you are interested in attending.

Our next activity will be the organ recital by Peter Sykes at Grace Episcopal Church, corner of Church and Davis Streets.  This recital will be part of the Music at Grace Series, and our chapter will be co- sponsoring the event.  It will take place at 4:00 PM on Sunday, November 8.  Please reserve the date. His Biography  and program is is elsewhere in this Newsletter.

The final activity of the fall will be our annual Christmas concert.  This will take place at Elcor Health Services Maple Creek Building 48 Colonial Drive in Horseheads on Saturday, December 12 at 2:00 PM.  Details are elsewhere in this Newsletter.

Have a GREAT Fall !!


Gem organ for sale. It has two manuals and an octave of pedals, many buttons for sounds, including a rhythm section and automatic chords for each accompaniment note. The number to call regarding the instrument is 607 398-6847.

Chapter Events:
10/24/15: Chemung Valley Chapter Annual Organ Crawl to
Watsontown, PA. A full flyer is enclosed. Please let me know
if you are interested in going, so I can give David an
approximate lunch count. Beth Briggs Ph: 607-377-5363 or
11/8/15: Peter Sykes, Organist will present a Recital as part of the
Music at Grace Series. The event is Co-sponsored by the
Chemung Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
Grace Episcopal Church 375 W. Church Street(corner Davis
St. Elmira, NY. 4:00 PM Admission is free. A Free Will
Offering will be taken.

12/12/15: Chemung Valley Chapter’s Annual Christmas Concert.
Elcor Health Services Maple Creek Building. 48 Colonial
Drive Horseheads, NY 2:00 PM. There will be a Christmas
Message by Rev. Bill Klees, Soprano Solos by Carrie Hooper,
Resident’s Sing-a-Long, and Piano selections by the students
of Dr. Dan. LaBar.

Community Events:

10/18/15: From Music at Grace: LYRA, Russian Vocal Ensemble.
Grace Episcopal Church 375 W. Church Street(corner Davis
St.) Elmira, NY 4:00 PM Admission is free. A Free Will
Offering will be taken.
LYRA is a community of professional musicians–choral conductors,
opera singers, instrumentalists, music teachers–and most are students
or postgraduates of Saint – Petersburg Conservatoire. Their repertoire
includes music from the vast heritage of the Russian Orthodox Church,
as well as traditional Russian Folk Music, providing a broad sweep
of Russian history and culture. The program may include works by
Bortnjansky, Tchaikovsky, Tchesnokov, Gretchaninov, Rachmaninov,
and Stravinsky, and may include songs, romances, and arias from
operas by Russian and other composers.

SILENT MOVIE (1976) silent film with Theatre Organ Accompaniment by David Peckham
November 8, 2015 @ 3:00 PM

Clemens Center presents SILENT MOVIE (1976) silent film with Theatre Organ Accompaniment by David Peckham Sunday, November 8, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.   General Admission Tickets: $17.50 Adults/$8.75 Under 18 Processing and facility maintenance fees apply. Please note that on-line ordering is not available for any discount prices. On sale beginning Monday, September 28 at 11:30 a.m.    For information call the Box Office at 607-734-8191 or 800-724-0159, Monday – Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


From the Cantata Singers of Elmira:
Christmas Lights: Luminosity and Music of Christmas

Saturday December 5, 2015 7:30pm at North Presbyterian Church 921
College Ave. Elmira, NY & Sunday December 6, 2015 3:00 PM
At First Presbyterian Church 520 N. Decatur St. Watkins Glen, NY

Join us in the Horseheads-Elmira area on Saturday evening or the Watkins Glen Area on Sunday afternoon to welcome Advent and Christmas, the season of light. Musical selections include Morten Lauridsen’s gorgeous setting of Magnum Mysterium, a not to be missed performance of the incomparable Luminosity by James Whitbourn, John Rutter’s I Wish You Christmas, The Darkest Midnight in December, an award-winning composition by Stephen Main, Mark Hayes’s Welcome the Child of Light and the beautiful Heavenly Star by Pepper Choplin, along with traditional music and popular carols to get the season started on a bright note!
12/6/15: Advent Service of Lessons and Carols Featuring Horseheads
Area Church Choirs with Organ and Brass. First United
Methodist Church of Horseheads, NY 1034 W. Broad St.
5:00 PM It is a very popular event so try and come early.





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.



The Chemung Valley Chapter
of the American Guild of Organists
invites you to an autumn jaunt to

Watsontown, Pennsylvania

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Hhh Meet: Mr. and Mrs. John Ravert 10:00 a.m.
9 Meadowvale Drive
Watsontown, Pennsylvania

Lunch: D & D Family Restaurant Noon
219 Main Street
Watsontown, Pennsylvania

Trinity United Church of Christ 2:00 p.m.
602 Main Street
Watsontown, Pennsylvania

First Lutheran Church 2:45 p.m.
400 Main Street
Watsontown, Pennsylvania


Wurlitzer Band Organ
Style 125
Wurlitzer Band Organ
Style 153
Page & Howard
Street Organ
Allen Theatre Organ

1892 Felgemaker
12 ranks

1995 Parsons
23 ranks
Please phone 570-268-5035 for car pooling, directions, and gasoline card.


Peter Sykes serves as Associate Professor of Music and Chair of the Historical Performance Department at Boston University, where he teaches organ, harpsichord, clavichord, performance practice, and continuo realization, Music Director of First Church in Cambridge, and principal instructor of harpsichord at the Juilliard School in New York City. He performs extensively on the harpsichord, clavichord, and organ, and has made ten solo recordings of organ and harpsichord repertoire ranging from Buxtehude, Couperin and Bach to Reger and Hindemith and his acclaimed organ transcription of Holst’s “The Planets.” Newly released is a recording of the complete Bach harpsichord partitas on the Centaur label, and an all-Bach clavichord recording on the Raven label; soon to be released will be the complete Bach obbligato violin sonatas with Daniel Stepner. He also performs and records with Boston Baroque and Aston Magna. A founding board member and president of the Boston Clavichord Society as well as president of the Westfield Center for Historical Keyboard Studies, he is the recipient of the Chadwick Medal (1978) and Outstanding Alumni Award (2005) from the New England Conservatory, the Erwin Bodky Prize (1993) from the Cambridge Society for Early Music, and the Distinguished Artist Award from the St. Botolph Club Foundation (2011).


Peter Sykes, organ
Grace Church, Elmira, NY
November 8, 2015

Toccata in F, BuxVW 137 Dieterich Buxtehude

All Creatures of Our God and King (2000) James Woodman
Five meditations for organ on “Lasst uns erfreuen” b. 1957
I. Sister Moon
II. Brother Sun
III. Mother Earth
IV. All of Tender Heart
V. Alleluia

Scherzetto (Pièces en style libre, 1914)
Lied Louis Vierne
Arabesque 187o-1937
Sonata, op. 65, no. 4 in B-Flat Major Felix Mendelssohn
Allegro con brio 1809-1847
Andante religioso
Allegro maestoso e vivace

Chorale Prelude: “Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele,” BWV 654 Johann Sebastian Bach

Passcaglia and Fugue in c minor, BWV 582 Bach








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