Chemung Valley Chapter

Last updated: May 31, 2017 at 12:06 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


Community Events:

4/30/17: David Jackson will present an Organ Recital at Owego
Presbyterian Church 111 Temple Street Owego, NY as
part of their Bicentennial Celebration 4:00 PM
Admission is free.
5/21/17: The Elmira Keyboard Ensemble will present a Concert at
Grace United Methodist Church 191 South Bridge St.
Corning, NY 3:00 PM Admission is free. A free will offering
will be taken.

From the Cantata Singers of Elmira:

May 21, 2017, Sts. Peter & Paul Church, 556 E. Market Street Elmira, NY
(across from St. Joseph’s Hospital) 4:00 PM – We present two beautiful works by contemporary composers, Frank Martin’s “Mass for Double Choir” and “Sunrise Mass” by Ola Gjeilo.

Concert of Gospel Songs:
Sunday, May 28, 2017, at 3:00 p.m.
                                                River Road Standing Stone, Pennsylvania
Carrie Hooper will sing two selections and play Standing Stone Vesper Church’s reed
organ. Michael Burrell, tenor from Caton, NY will sing two Bliss songs and a duet with
Carrie Hooper.  Dr. Bill John Newbrough, professor of piano at Houghton College, will
perform three hymn arrangements.
The audience will sing three gospel songs composed by P. P. Bliss.
Tickets are needed.  Please phone 570-268-5035 for tickets/directions.
Admission is without charge.
Concert and audience will be filmed.
Sponsored by the P. P. Bliss Gospel Songwriters Museum.


6/11/17:  The Blair-Bigler Concert Series Presents: The Women’s Chorale of Corning  “The Journey Home”  Come join The Women’s Chorale of Corning as we sing a masterpiece of music for treble voices, A Cycle of Psalms by Cecilia Clare Bocard, Sisters of Providence moving from France to America.  The performance will be only the third time this wonderful music is performed on the east coast.  The performance is rounded out with works by McGlynn, Bocard and Nina Gilbert in a concert that is sure to delight.  Directed by Doreen Alsen and Accompanied by Christopher Morgan Loy.   We will also be honoring our Music Director Emeritus Maestro Richard Perry/ First Congregational United Church of Christ 171 W. Pulteney Street Corning, NY.  The Concert is free.  4:00 PM


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