Chemung Valley Chapter

Last updated: July 16, 2015 at 14:50 pm

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

April 2015

Message from The Newsletter Editor:


Happy Easter Everyone !!

I’m tired of all this cold weather and snow. I can’t wait for warmer temperatures. I’m looking forward to a visit from my Brother and Sister this coming weekend.

While we have no Chapter Events planned for April, there are a number of Community Events that might be of interest.:

David Peckham will be doing 2 Theater Organ performances at The Clemens Center in Elmira. The first will be Sunday April 12, 2015 @ 3:00 PM. It will feature the Silent Film “One Week” and his own transcription of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf with narration by Dr. Jim Hudson of Corning. The 2nd performance will be Saturday May 9, 2015 @ 7:30 PM. It will be part of the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes Mother’s Day Eve Concert. He will be performing Saint Saens (Organ Symphony) Symphony No. 3.  Details on both performances are elsewhere in the Newsletter. There is also an opportunity to hear the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Chorale, on Friday April 10, 2015 @ Grace Episcopal Church in Elmira @ 7:30 PM.

I wish you a Happy and Colorful Spring !!

Beth Briggs

Pipe Organ For Sale: 1935 Aeolian-Skinner residence organ with player.  The organ, opus 919, was originally installed in Westfield, PA.  Current location: Tunkhannock, PA

Price is negotiable.  Phone: 603-731-3486

Chapter Events:
Community Events:
Friday 4/10/15: From Music at Grace: Hobart and William Smith
Colleges Chorale, Conducted by Yunn-Shan Ma
Grace Episcopal Church 375 W. Church St.(corner
Davis St.) Elmira, NY 7:30 PM Admission is free
A free will offering will be taken.

4/12/15 Theatre Organ Pops Concert : David Peckham
and Friends and Silent Film: One Week Starring
Buster Keaton. Select solo tunes will be performed. A
special part of the program will be David’s own
transcription of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf with
narration by Dr. Jim Hudson of Corning. The Clemens
Center 207 Clemens Center Parkway Elmira, NY
3:00 PM
Tickets: Adult $17.50 Under 18 $8.75
Call 607-734-8191 or

Spring 2015
Ithaca Community Chorus & Chamber Singers
under the direction of Gerald Wolfe
Requiem by Johannes Brahms, with orchestra
Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 8:00 PM
St. Paul’s United Methodist Church
402 N Aurora St, Ithaca, NY 14850

The Ithaca Community Chorus and Chamber Singers, under the direction of Gerald Wolfe, will perform A German Requiem by Johannes Brahms, with full orchestra and soloists, Tamara Acosta, soprano, and David Neal, bass. In addition the Chamber Singers will sing two motets by Brahms.

Tickets will be available on-line from approximately two weeks before the concert.


Mother’s Day Eve Concert by the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes May 9, 2015 @ 7:30 PM @ The Clemens Center 207 Clemens Center Parkway Elmira, NY.

The Mother’s Day Eve Concert on May 9, 2015 will feature a contemporary work by Drew Hemenger – The Alchemist’s Ball.  Guest Artist, Clare Elena Semes will perform Brahms Violin Concerto and David Peckham will Perform Saint Saens (Organ Symphony) Symphony No. 3.

Mother’s Day Eve Concert Single Tickets:
Online single concert tickets to the Mother’s Day Eve Concert on May 9 at 7:30 p.m at the Clemens Center are available at or
the Clemens Center Box Office at 607-734-8191
Adult: $45, $35, $15
Youth: $8
Student (College): $10

From The Cantata Singers of Elmira:
A Choral Celebration of Life
· Sunday, May 17, 2015
· 4:00pm 6:00pm
May 17, 2015 the program, A Choral Celebration of Life, at Grace Episcopal Church 375 W. Church St. in Elmira, features the new and gorgeous Requiem for the Living by Breeseport native and noted composer Dan Forrest. Also on the program will be music by James Whitbourne, Morten Lauridsen, and some new releases by Karl Jenkins and more.
This program is free and open to everyone. A free-will collection will be taken to help fund our season.
The New Haven Chapter of the AGO is thrilled to invite you to our exciting city for a convention of stellar artists, over 30 inspiring workshops, and lots of collegial fun. Our featured performers include Diane Meredith Belcher, Peter Richard Conte, Ahreum Han, Martin Jean, and Thomas Murray. We present a wealth of ensembles, a hymn festival, and first-class banquet entertainment! You can also experience the famous New Haven restaurant scene and take a bus trip to the scenic coastal town of Stonington.

Visit to see what we are offering. There is a wonderful lineup of presenters, ensembles, and instruments. We are fortunate to present this convention in cooperation with the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. Yale offers us some unique resources, including Woolsey Hall, Marquand Chapel, a special library exhibit, and tours of the wonderful Yale Instrument Collection.

Hope to see you in June! Lars Gjerde, Convention Coordinator





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.









For Information on joining our chapter please contact:

David Lenington, Treasurer Chemung Valley AGO Chapter
101 John B. Merrill Pkwy
Towanda,PA 18848



Position Available:

Church of the Redeemer(Episcopal); Addison, NY is looking for a Church Organist/
Choir Director to provide musical support for church services and special events.

Responsibilities:   Plays organ (and keyboard) for Sunday services and for special services as requested (i.e. Funerals, Weddings, Christmas, Holy Week, Easter, etc.).  Helps plan music program in consultation with the priest.  Rehearses and leads small adult choir.  Rehearsals are usually on Sunday before or after the service.

Salary: Per Sunday or special event.
Please Contact: Troy Preston; 607-769-3083 or
Mary Lou Hunt-Qunintal; 607-382-3969


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