Chemung Valley Chapter

Last updated: April 3, 2018 at 17:16 pm


The Dulciana

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

April 2018

Newsletter Editor’s Message:

Happy Easter Everyone !!

I’m tired of the snow and cold weather. Hopefully it will warm up soon. It was a quiet Winter Gathering and Dan and I had good time listening to music and visiting with his cats. Our next event will be our Annual Member’s Recital it will be Sunday April 15, 2018 at 4 PM at Grace Episcopal Church in Elmira. We have six performers. We will be going to Beijing Garden 145 W. Gray St. Elmira, NY following the Recital. Let me know if you are interested at or 607-377-5363.

There are other events that might be of interest elsewhere in the Newsletter.

Beth Briggs

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.

Chapter Events:

4/15/18: Annual Member’s Recital: Grace Episcopal Church
375 W. Church St. Elmira, NY 4:00 PM The performers for
the members’ recital are the following: Julia Peckham,
Marian Miller, Judy Aho, Daniel LaBar, Reggie Piatt and
Barbara Adler. Admission is Free. A free will offering will be
taken. We will be going to Beijing Garden
145 W. Gray St. Elmira, following the Recital. Contact:
Beth Briggs at or 607-377-5363.

Community Events:

From the Cantata Singers of Elmira:

Sunday, April 29, 2018, 4 pm – Music at the Museum – A Musical 60th Anniversary Celebration for Corning Community College CMOG Auditorium, 1 Museum Way Corning, NY (free)


Dear AGO members and friends,

This Wednesday, April 4, Bill Lawson will be performing organ works of
Searle Wright in a recital at Main Street Baptist Church in Binghamton,
at 7:00 pm. A reception at the church will follow. Bill told me he will
be playing all of Searle’s published organ works except for two pieces
which are exceptionally long, and not particularly suitable as recital
pieces. He will play two pieces that were dedicated by Searle to Vella
Melzer and Carolyn Albaugh respectively. We appreciate Bill’s
considerable effort in preparing this program. I understand many of
Searle’s organ pieces are difficult to play.

I hope you will be able to attend. Main Street Baptist is at the corner
of Main and Chestnut in Binghamton. The church parking lot can be
entered from Main Street and/or from Chestnut Street. There is a ramp
to the back door of the church leading into a lobby by the church
chapel. The sanctuary is just beyond the chapel.


From St. Luke Lutheran Church 109 Oak Avenue Ithaca, NY

Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 4:00 pm
Feminine Voices:  Music by Women Composers
Anne Laver, organ with Janet Brown, soprano
Early twentieth-century works by Elsa Barraine and Lili Boulanger complement evocative new music by award-winning British composer Judith Bingham in a program of inspiring music, artwork, and poetry. Soprano Janet Brown will collaborate on Boulanger’s hauntingly beautiful Pie Jesu and Bingham’s Jesum quaeritis Nazarenum.


Ithaca Chapter

American Guild of Organists

invites you to


Choral Conducting for Church Musicians”

A Workshop/Masterclass presented by

Lee Wright

Director of Choral Activities and

Artist in Residence, Hartwick College


Saturday, April 14, 2018

10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

St. Catherine of Siena Church

309 Siena Drive, in Cayuga Heights

followed by lunch at Triphammer Ithaca Bakery


Coming Events – Ithaca AGO

Friday, May 11, 2018 at 7:00 PM Members Recital

Our annual end-of-year celebration recital, to be held at First Presbyterian Church 315 M. Cayuga Street Ithaca, NY



Elmira Keyboard Ensemble to perform concert in May.

The Elmira Keyboard Ensemble will perform a concert on May 20 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 304 N. Main Street, Elmira, NY. The concert will be at 3:00 PM and will feature patriotic music of many countries, including America, Finland, Russia and Great Britain. The group specializes in piano duets, organ/piano duets and music for eight hands. Members of the group are Janice Brown, Charlotte Cook, Onalee Newman and Daniel LaBar.

Annual Blair-Bigler-Perry Concert:

Defiance College Music Programs Defiance, Ohio Presents:
A New York Tour:
Featuring: The Defiance College Chamber Singers and Defiance College Choral Union. Wednesday June 13, 2018 7:00 PM First Congregational United Church of Christ 171 W. Pulteney Street Corning, NY. Admission is free. A Free Will Offering will be taken. Reception to follow the Concert.

Registration for OHS 2018 is now open!

Don’t miss the chance to see and hear the spectacular organs of Rochester, NY.
This year’s Convention ranges across Rochester and through many surrounding areas as we take in the diverse pipe organ culture representing more than two centuries of organbuilding. Your registration includes transportation to all events and a variety of meals throughout the Convention. Meanwhile, unwind at the end of each day at our Convention hotel, the beautiful Woodcliff Hotel & Spa.

We are pleased to share that we have kept the same full registration rates (including Early Bird rates) from our 2017 Convention. Meanwhile, we are able to offer a reduced hotel price this year, at the rate of $124/night! Click below for details on how to reserve your hotel room.
The 63rd Annual Convention of the Organ Historical Society
July 29–August 3, 2018 | Rochester, NY
Nathan Laube and Myles Boothroyd, co-chairs

This link will take you directly to the Convention website for details on the Convention, hotel, registration, and an interactive schedule:

Questions? We’re happy to help. Feel free to call the office between 9:30am–4:30pm Eastern Standard Time: (804) 353-9226








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.



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