Chemung Valley Chapter



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

October 2019
Newsletter Editor’s Message:

Happy Fall Everyone!  Fall is here with cooler temperatures and changing leaves. I hope your new program year is going well. We had a very nice picnic that was well attended. We look forward to next year.

We have a number of events planned to start off our new Program Year. First, will be our Annual Organ Crawl in October. It will be Saturday October 19, 2019. We will begin with a stop at Grace Lutheran Church in Vestal, NY to see their 2019 Walker Organ. This will be followed by a stop in Rome, PA. Lunch in Towanda, PA and 2 more stops in the Towanda area. A full flyer with directions is enclosed. Please note that the Lunch Restaurant has changed. .

The Workshop we had planned in early November has been postponed until Spring 2020. On November 17, 2019 Nancy Radloff Organist & Choir Director at Grace Episcopal Church in Elmira will present a Recital @ 4 PM. Details are elsewhere in the Newsletter.

Our final event of 2019 will be our Annual Christmas Concert. It will be Saturday December 21, 2019 @ 11 AM at Woodbrook 1250 Maple Avenue in Elmira. It will feature a Christmas Message, Solos by Carrie Hooper & Beth Briggs, Audience Singing, The Piano students of Dan LaBar and a special musical group.

I hope to see you at the Organ Crawl.

Many Blessings to All !!

Beth Briggs

Chapter Events:

10/19/19: Chemung Valley AGO Annual Organ Crawl. Stops in Vestal,
NY, Rome, PA, lunch in Towanda, PA and 2 more stops in
Towanda. 9:00 AM More information is elsewhere in the

11/17/19: Organ Recital by Nancy Radloff Grace Episcopal Church
375 W. Church Street Elmira, NY 4:00 PM A Tribute to
Organ Professors throughout the years with Works by
Buxtehude, Heiller, John Weaver, J. G. Walter, Franck, and
Dudley Buck. Admission is Free. A Free will offering will be
taken. Reception to follow.

12/21/19: Chemung Valley AGO Annual Christmas Concert
Woodbrook Assisted Living Residence 1250 Maple
Avenue Elmira, NY. 11 AM . It will feature a Christmas
Message, Solos by Carrie Hooper & Beth Briggs, Audience
Singing. The Piano students of Dan LaBar and a special
musical group.

Community Events:

Music at St. Luke Lutheran Church
109 Oak Avenue Ithaca, NY
2019-20 Season

The Cayuga Vocal Ensemble
Sunday, October 6 at 4:00 p.m.
Melissa Rooklidge, interim artistic director and conductor
Jeffrey Snedeker and Erik Kibelsbeck, organ
“Heaven and Earth”
Vierne’s Messe Solennelle for choir and two organs (featuring the French Romantic organ plus reed organ),  a set of Shaker Songs, and set of songs about romantic love by Britten, Finzi, Gregorio and others.

The Passion of Joan of Arc
With Stephen Kennedy, organ
Friday, November 15, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
The silent film will be screened with improvised music
provided by organist Stephen Kennedy and vocalists.

Lessons and Carols for Advent
with the St. Luke Choir
Sunday, December 8 at 10:45 a.m.
Music by Palestrina, Ferguson, Handel, and Lauridsen

Jeffrey Snedeker, organ
Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.
Vierne’s Third Organ Symphony in recognition of the 150th anniversary of his birth in 1870
and Guilmant’s First Organ Sonata
Jacob Montgomery, organ
Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.
A master’s student in organ at the Eastman School of Music, Jacob Montgomery will present a program including French Romantic and other music for organ

Schola Cantorum of Syracuse
Friday, February 28, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.
Music of Heinrich Schütz
All events are free, no tickets required At concerts, free will offering to benefit Music at St. Luke.

Dear Friends,
Included with this letter is a flyer and an invitation to the first concert of the 2019-2020 recital series held at the Church of the Redeemer in Sayre, Pennsylvania. The concert is free and open to the public and continues the tradition of a similar recital series at the church that began in the 1990’s. Please tell your friends about this event and/or include the information in your church bulletin or newsletter. If you have questions, call me at 607-732-4380 or contact me by email at

Charlotte Cook
Redeemer Recital Series presents

Upcoming concerts at the Church of the Redeemer  201 S. Wilbur Avenue  Sayre, PA
On Sunday November 10, the twenty plus men of the Mark Twain Chorus will present a recital of music in barbershop style. Organized in 1954, 2019 marks their 65th year of community service in the Twin Tiers area, performing in nursing homes, community celebrations, at concerts, and at fund-raising events. The Chorus regularly competes in the biannual district conventions, and has won a blue ribbon in three consecutive competitions from 2017-2018. They annually collaborate with the Crystal Chords, the women’s barbershop chorus, in their fall show. On Sunday December 15, Redeemer will welcome the OSFL Brass Quintet, a group of five active performers and educators from the area, in a concert of Christmas music that is sure to make your holiday season more festive. Come celebrate, for ‘tis the season to be jolly!


Vestal, Rome, and Towanda

Saturday, October 19, 2019      


Meet:    Grace Lutheran Church                             9:00 a.m.

709 Main Street

Vestal, New York


A                                        P. P. Bliss Gospel Songwriters Museum  11:00 a.m.

969 Main Street

Rome, Pennsylvania


Lunch:  Riverstone Inn                              12:15 p.m.

47 Leisure Drive(Route 6)    Towanda, Pennsylvania


David Lenington                                          1:45 p.m.

                                211 Laning Creek Road                        

                                Towanda, Pennsylvania


Masonic Lodge                                            2:30 p.m.

100 Main Street

Towanda, Pennsylvania


Instruments on the Organ Crawl: 

2019 Walker Digital Organ.   Prince melodeon,  Peloubet melodeon,  1901 Concert roller organ

Estey reed organ,  1976 Schlicker Organ 2 Ranks,  1916 Mőller  9 ranks

Please phone 570-268-5035, or e-mail for additional information.

Reservations not needed.












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




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