Chemung Valley Chapter

Last updated: October 5, 2015 at 15:36 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 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.


Peter Sykes is one of the most distinguished and versatile keyboard artists performing today. His playing has variously been called “compelling and moving,” “magnificent and revelatory,” and “bold, imaginative, and amazingly accurate.” He has appeared in recital for the American Guild of Organists, the Southeastern His- torical Keyboard Society, the Organ Historical Society, American Institute of Organbuilders, International Society of Organbuilders, at the Library of Congress, Boston Early Music Festival, Aston Magna Festival, New England Bach Festival, Portland Chamber Music Festival, New Hampshire Music Festival, and with Ensemble Project Ars Nova, The King’s Noyse, Musica Antiqua Köln, Blue Heron, and throughout the United States, including an appearance in Boston’s Jordan Hall as a featured soloist in the Bank of Boston Emerging Artists Celebrity Series. He is frequently heard on the nationally syndicated radio program “Pipedreams.” He holds degrees from the New England Conservatory, where he studied with Gabriel Chodos, Blanche Winogron, Mireille Lagacé, Robert Schuneman, and Yuko Hayashi, and Concordia Univer- sity in Montreal, where he studied with Bernard Lagacé.

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

December 5, 2015 7:30pm & December 6, 2015 3:00 PM

Locations to be determined.

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!





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.








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