Chemung Valley Chapter

Last updated: March 25, 2017 at 16:27 pm


The Dulciana

Newsletter of the Chemung Valley Chapter

Of The American Guild of Organists

March 2017 


Dean’s Message:


Hi Everyone!


I hope you are all doing well.  Lent is almost here, and that means that Easter can’t be far behind.  Pretty soon, we should all be working on our Easter music.


The next event will be our Spring Gathering.  (We have changed the name from Winter Gathering.)  This will be on Sunday, March 26 at 3:00 PM.

Please bring CD’s and tapes to share.  Also, please bring a dish-to-pass.  I will provide drinks and also some food.  And you can all check out my new bathroom.  My address Is 353 Lovell Avenue, Elmira.  Hope to see you there.


Our April event will be a Members’ Recital at Grace Episcopal Church, corner of Church and Davis Streets, Elmira.  It will be Sunday, April 23 at 4:00 PM.  Organists are needed for this event.  Please contact me at 607-846-8411 or if you are interested.


Also, I just wanted to report to you that we received a thank you note from Janet Hill, who expressed appreciation for our chapter’s contribution in memory of her husband, Kent Hill, who passed away recently.  Kent was organist at Mansfield University and also at Grace Episcopal Church in Elmira for quite a few years.


Just a few more weeks and we’ll be through with winter.

Happy Spring, Everyone.


Take care.






Music Lending Library:


The Chemung Valley AGO Chapter has a  Music Lending Library @ Trinity Episcopal Church 304 N. Main Street in Elmira.  Feel free to borrow any music you wish and return it when you are finished.  The Church phone number is 607-732-3241



Chapter Events:

Note Date Change:


3/26/17:   Spring Gathering at the home of Dan LaBar 353 Lovell Avenue

Elmira, NY  3:00 PM  Please bring CD’s and Tapes to share and

a Snack to share also.  Please RSVP to Dan LaBar 846-8411 or



4/23/17:   Annual Member’s Recital:  Grace Episcopal Church 375 W.

Church St.(corner Davis St.)  Elmira, NY  4:00 PM

                Performers are needed.  Please contact Dan Labar at: or 607-846-8411


Community Events:


Redeemer Recital Series
welcomes the “Bones”

directed by Norm Wilcox

Sunday, April 2, 2017, 3:00 p.m.
Church of the Redeemer
201 South Wilbur Avenue
Sayre, Pennsylvania

Note Date & Movie change:


Buster Keaton in THE GENERAL with Theatre Organ Accompaniment by David Peckham


Clemens Center 207 Clemens Center Parkway, Elmira, NY 14901 presents Buster Keaton in THE GENERAL With Theatre Organ Accompaniment by David Peckham Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 4:00 pm   Tickets On sale to Clemens Center Members on Monday, January 9 at 11:30 a.m. On sale to the General Public on Thursday, January 12 at 11:30 a.m.   General Admission Tickets: $15 Processing and facility maintenance fees apply.  Phone 607-734-8191 or 800-724-0159 or visit for tickets


From Music at Grace:




Saturday, March 18, 2017:  Cornell University Chamber Singers

The Cornell Chamber Singers is an advanced ensemble of 24 singers

selected from the top ranks of Cornell’s Concert Choir. The repertoire

includes madrigals, vocal jazz, Spirituals, motets, and advanced literature f

from all style periods.  Special focus is on works by contemporary

composers such as Eric Whitacre and Eleanor Daley.  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.




Saturday, April  8, 2017:  Edgewood Piano Trio

The trio consists of Margaret Matthews, Violin, Eric Johnson, Cello

and Gwen Beckham, Piano.  The performance will include works by

Schubert and Raff.  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.



4/30/17:     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.




From the Cantata Singers of Elmira:


May 21, 2017, Sts. Peter & Paul Church, 556 E. Market Street Elmira, NY

4:00 PM – We present two beautiful works by contemporary composers, Frank Martin’s “Mass for Double Choir” and “Sunrise Mass” by Ola Gjeilo.


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.



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