Chemung Valley Chapter

Last updated: December 5, 2017 at 22:18 pm

 

The Dulciana

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

December 2017

 

Dean’s Message:

Greetings to All,

I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving.  Now, I guess Christmas can’t be far behind.  You all need to be getting ready for your Christmas services.  We have an important event coming up in our AGO calendar, and that is the annual Christmas concert on December 9 at 2:00 PM.  This will take place in the Dayspring I Community Room, 101 Columbia St., Corning, NY.  We want to thank Dave Lenington for organizing this event.  As usual, several of my piano students will be taking part, and there will be Christmas carols for all to sing.  Carrie Hooper and Beth Briggs will sing soprano solos, and there will be a Christmas message.  I hope you will all mark your calendars and plan to attend.

There is a change in the schedule for February.  The workshop by Richard Van Auken, entitled “Ideas & Inspiration for the Service Organist”, has a new date.  That date is Saturday, February 17 from 9:00 AM-12:00 Noon.  Everything else is the same.  It will still be at First United Methodist Church, 1034 West Broad St., Horseheads, NY.  Please let us know if you plan to attend.  We need to have an exact count because there will be a special handout for everyone.  Please take note of the flyer which is enclosed in this newsletter.

Thanks, everyone.  See you on 12/9.

Dan

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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:

12/9/17: Annual Christmas Concert: Dayspring I Community Room
101 Columbia St. Corning, NY 2:00 PM
Featuring: Christmas message with the Rev. Bill Klees.
Soprano solos by Carrie Hooper & Beth Briggs
Christmas carols-All and the Piano Students of Dan LaBar.
Admission is free. Everyone is welcome.

Note Date Change:
2/17/18: IDEAS & INSPIRATION FOR THE
SERVICE ORGANIST
Guest Clinician: Richard VanAuken
9:30 – Noon at First United Methodist Church
1034 West Broad St., Horseheads, NY
A Flyer is enclosed.

Community Events:

From the Cantata Singers of Elmira:

December 3, 2017 “Christmas in the British Isles” New Beginnings United
Methodist Church 300 E. Miller Street Elmira, NY
3:00 PM Admission is free.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 7 pm – The Cantata Singers as Special Guests of Danú, The Clemens Center, Elmira. Please contact the Clemens Center at www.clemenscenter.org or 734-8191 for tickets.

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Gerald Wolfe has left Grace Episcopal Church in Elmira we wish him well in his future endeavors. There is an opening for a Director of Music/Organist. For more information please contact the Rev. Kit Tobin at:revkit@gracechurchelmira.org.
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Chapter Events:

 

12/9/17: Annual Christmas Concert: Dayspring I Community Room
101 Columbia St. Corning, NY 2:00 PM
Featuring: Christmas message with the Rev. Bill Klees.
Soprano solos by Carrie Hooper & Beth Briggs
Christmas carols-All and the Piano Students of Dan LaBar.
Admission is free. Everyone is welcome.

 

Note Date Change:

2/17/18: IDEAS & INSPIRATION FOR THE
SERVICE ORGANIST
Guest Clinician: Richard VanAuken
9:30 – Noon at First United Methodist Church
1034 West Broad St., Horseheads, NY
A Flyer is enclosed.

 

Community Events:

 

 

From the Cantata Singers of Elmira:

December 3, 2017 “Christmas in the British Isles” New Beginnings United
Methodist Church 300 E. Miller Street Elmira, NY
3:00 PM Admission is free.

 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 7 pm – The Cantata Singers as Special Guests of Danú, The Clemens Center, Elmira. Please contact the Clemens Center at www.clemenscenter.org or 734-8191 for tickets.

 

The Marvel of this Night!”
A Christmas Program and Community Sing-Along
Church of the Redeemer, December 17, 2017, 3:00 pm
As with last year’s concert, we will be gathering as a community, not just to hear the carols but also to experience the magic of music shared as we all join together in singing. To help us celebrate we welcome soloists, Debra and Arianna Lauper, sopranos, Michele Gordon, flute, and Charlotte Cook, this year on piano alone. The recital takes place on Sunday, December 17, 3:00 pm at the Church of the Redeemer, 201 S. Wilbur Ave., Sayre, PA.
The concert opens with a program of Christmas music presented by our soloists. It includes some of my all-time favorites that are hopefully yours too. Following the “formal” part of the program and joined by our soloists, members of the audience will be invited to choose their favorite carols to sing together – or clap rhythms, or dance … the possibilities are boundless, as is the fun. So, if you enjoy singing Christmas carols with others who love to sing, here is your chance. Bring your best singing voice (listeners are welcome too) for a time of fun and fellowship as we enjoy a preview of the joyful music of Christmas. We will gather first in the pews, then later at the piano for the Sing-Along, and finally adjourn to the parlor for snacks. Mark your calendars now and plan to attend. The program is free and open to the public. Just prior to the program, a brief festive concert of Christmas carols will be played on the church’s carillon.

 

IDEAS & INSPIRATION FOR THE SERVICE ORGANIST

Note Date Change: Saturday February 17, 2018

9:30 – Noon at First United Methodist Church

1034 West Broad St., Horseheads, NY

 

This workshop-seminar will cover subjects such as Transitioning from Piano to Organ/Organ Registration/Hymn Playing/Practice Ideas/Organ &Piano/Harpsichord literature/Pedal Technique….and much more.

 

Guest Clinician:

RICHARD VAN AUKEN

As an arranger, Richard has set many well-known hymn tunes with special accompaniment for congregational singing.  Every organist attending this workshop will receive a complimentary copy of one of his books.

Coffee and Donuts will be served at 9:00 AM.

You are cordially invited to be with us for this event sponsored by the Chemung Valley Chapter AGO

Add some ideas to your understanding regarding Church music by attending this session.

Please RSVP to Dan LaBar if you are interested in attending by 2/2/18.  dlabar001@yahoo.com or 607-846-8411.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.


Newsletter:

CONGRATULATIONS DAVID:

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.

Membership:

For Information on joining our chapter please contact:

David Lenington, Treasurer Chemung Valley AGO Chapter
211 Laning Creek Road
Towanda,PA 18848
(570-268-5035)
E-mail: DAVELEN@epix.net

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Placement:

 

Employers and job seekers are invited to post and search listings of available positions on the Guild’s National Website.

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Certification

 

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Contact Us

Chapter Officers
Dean:
Daniel LaBar (Home 607-846-8411) or dlabar001@yahoo.com

Treasurer:
David Lenington DAVELEN@epix.net or (570-268-5035)

Secretary:
Elizabeth Briggs
607-377-5363 or elizabethbrig@aol.com

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Links

AGO National website