Chemung Valley Chapter


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

April 2020

Newsletter Editor’s Message:

Happy Palm Sunday & Easter Everyone !!

This month I have decided to do an electronic version of “The Dulciana” We have approached the First Day of Spring. I know that this is difficult and uncertain time for everyone. I pray that you all are Well, Safe & Happy. We can use this time to reconnect with our Families near and far. I’ve reconnected with my Connecticut Cousins. There is amazing Technology that allows us to stay in touch without being there.

Due the Covid-19 Virus our Spring Gathering @ Dan’s home and our Member’s Recital have been canceled.

Looking ahead to May, Unfortunately, we have had to Cancel Thom Bohlert’s Recital at Park Church on May 3rd due to Health Issues.  Unfortunately Our final event is also Canceled The Organ Workshop entitled Topic “Max Reger: Bach’s Heir or Obsessed Nutjob?”  Presented by Jean Herman Henssler from Binghamton. It was to be held Saturday May 16, 2020 @ The Park Church 208 W. Gray Street Elmira, NY.   We may look at Rescheduling in the Fall.  Please watch your e-mail.

Beth Briggs


Chapter Events:

From AGO National:

The American Guild of Organists is thrilled to announce the first online OrganFest, which will take place July 20-24. Each evening’s broadcast will premiere a new work which had been commissioned for the 2020 National Convention in Atlanta, accompanied by interviews with the composers.


Featured performers will be Jens Korndörfer, Amanda Mole, Alan Morrison, Thomas Ospital, and Catherine Rodland. Additional recorded performances by recent international organ competition winners will be presented, and short presentations will share exciting news and updates from the AGO.


The daily YouTube premiere (8pm Eastern) and accompanying Festival website will be available at no charge.


OrganFest 2020 promises to be an exciting way to showcase our beloved instrument and the great work of the AGO. Please share this information widely with your music-loving friends.


While we are saddened by the cancellation of many musical events this spring and summer, including our National Convention in Atlanta, we look forward to celebrating the future of organ music together online next month.

James E. Thomashower                                     Michael Velting

Executive Director AGO                                     OrganFest 2020 Coordinator

Councillor for Conventions








Community Events: 









Organist Needed:

Organist/Choir Director – Christ Episcopal Church, Corning, New York


Christ Episcopal Church is currently seeking a part-time organist/choir director for its growing congregation.


Christ Episcopal Church ( has been part of the Corning community for 179 years.  It was incorporated in 1841 -seven years before the incorporation of the City of Corning.  Through its long history, music has been integral to the expression of our faith.  Our choir as well as our handbell ringers add a joyful dimension to our services and other special events.  At the center of it all is our spectacular Casavant organ, which is one of the great treasures of Christ Episcopal Church.  Guest musicians often join with our organist during special services such as Christmas Eve and Easter Day to fill the sanctuary with festive music.


We are currently seeking an organist to lead our song and choir.  The requirements of this part-time position includes providing organ/piano music and directing the choir at the Sunday worship service and assisting in selecting appropriate organ/piano and choral music for each service.  The choir usually rehearses weekly from the first Sunday after Labor Day through the end of June.


In addition, musical leadership is needed for principal worship services throughout the year, as well as special occasions such as institutions, ordinations, weddings, funerals, and for Holy Days including Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Christmas Eve.


Financial compensation will be commensurate with experience and area salary guidelines.  Interested applicants may contact:


The Rev. Troy Preston

(607) 769-3083

Offering hospitality, healing, and hope in the name of Jesus Christ to ALL!




Faith Lutheran Church(Missouri Synod) 71 W. First Street Corning, NY
11 AM Sunday Service, Allen Digital Computer Organ, Services from the
Lutheran Hymnal, Prelude, Offertory & Postlude. Salary Negotiable.
Contact: Tom Rosenwinkel 607-857-6660 or











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.














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



The First Presbyterian Church of Big Flats,NY  is accepting applications for the position of Director of Music.

The Director of Music is to provide professional services as organist and director of the adult choir.
to be within the general standards set by the American Guild of Organists.

The church’s priorities in music are as follows:
A. Music to be provided every Sunday for the worship service.
B. A variety of appropriate music should be incorporated both in the service music and the choir repertoire.
C. As closely as possible, unity of the message of the music and message of the word should occur in each service.
D. During the summer when the choir does not perform, the Director of Music is encouraged to schedule special music for the worship service. This can be solicited from “in-house” or from the “outside.”
E. It is expected that the music will be well performed.

The service will involve personal preparation (practice) and conducting and accompanying regular choir rehearsals, which presently occur at 9:15 am on Sunday morning. Morning worship is conducted at 10:30 am and at such other times as shall be set by the church Session (ie. Christmas Eve, Maundy Thursday, etc.). Regular choir rehearsals are held from September through June. The choir does not perform during the summer. (Summer services are held at 9:30).
The Director of Music is also in charge of arranging for the tuning and other regular maintenance of the keyboard instruments including an Allen Electronic Organ.
The services of the Director of Music are occasionally needed for funerals, weddings, etc.

Compensation will be based on ability and experience and is negotiable.

If interested, you are encouraged to submit a current resume with your name, address, address and phone number to:
The Search Committee
5 Suburban Drive
Elmira, New York 14903

Chapter Events:


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 Email

David Lenington Email or (570-268-5035)

Elizabeth Briggs
607-377-5363 or Email



AGO National website