Chemung Valley Chapter

Last updated: December 2, 2018 at 17:47 pm


The Dulciana
Newsletter of the Chemung Valley Chapter
Of The American Guild of Organists
December 2018

Newsletter Editor’s Message:

Merry Christmas Everyone !!

I hope your Advent and Christmas preparations are going well. Our Church Choir will be singing selections by English composer John Rutter. The Balint Karosi Concert was Spectacular. He performed an Improvisation on “Angels From the Realms of Glory” ending with full organ. He also performed Bach and some of his own compositions. It was very well received.

Just a reminder our December event will be a our Annual Christmas Concert on Saturday, December 1 at 2:00 PM.  It will take place at Corning Center for Care, 205 E. First Street, Corning, NY.  Parking is behind the building.  Included on the program will be a Christmas Message by Rev. Bill Klees as well as performances by Carrie Hooper, a Duet by Carrie Hooper & Beth Briggs, the Crystal City Flute Choir and piano students of Dan LaBar.

Hope to see you at the Christmas Concert and have a Very Happy New Year !!



Substitute Organist Needed: Grace Episcopal Church Elmira, NY
Sunday December 30, 2018 & February 3, 2019.
Contact: Nancy Radloff at 607-532-4064

Chapter Events:

12/1/18: Annual Christmas Concert: Corning Center for Care 205 E.
First Street Corning, NY. Parking is behind Building.
Performances by Carrie Hooper, a Duet by Carrie Hooper and
Beth Briggs, The Crystal City Flute Choir, Piano Students of Dan
LaBar and a Christmas Message by the Rev. Bill Klees

Community Events:

Music at St. Luke Lutheran Church
109 Oak Avenue Ithaca, NY
2018-19 Season

Sunday, December 9 at 10:45 a.m.
Advent Lessons and Carols with the St. Luke Choir

Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.
Jeffrey Snedeker, organ
Mary Magnifique
Settings of the Magnificat and other Marian themes by
Titelouze, Buxtehude, Bach, Rheinberger and Tournemire
Annual LESSONS and CAROLS is scheduled for SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2, 5 PM, at HORSEHEADS FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 1034 West Broad St. Horseheads, NY  Once again it will combine area choirs, bell choirs and instrumentalists, to present the Christmas story through word and song.

And here’s a debut for the Holidays show coming up on December 9 using the newly installed organ at the Heights Theatre 210 E. 14th St. in Elmira Heights.  Talk about reviving the Old Days – – there’s nothing like those great Silent Film Comedies of the 1920’s shown on the giant silver screen accompanied by live theatre organ music, and all presented in a preserved  historic movie house. This is the first in what is projected to be an ongoing series – – this first show featuring THE SILENT CLOWNS: Laurel & Hardy, Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton in some of their greatest roles.  Check it out – – Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018 at Noon.: Featuring Dennis James at the Wurlitzer Theater Organ. All seats are $10.00


Please join the Southern Tier Christian Community Choir for an evening of sacred Christmas music

December 8, 2018 at 7 pm

Endicott First Presbyterian Church

29 Grant Ave.

Endicott, NY

Admission: Free

Donations accepted at the door (in support of the community choir)




Organ and Brass Christmas Concert

Sunday, December 9, 2018   at 3:00 pm

Church of the Redeemer

201 South Wilbur Ave.

Sayre, PA 18840

Admission is free. 

There will be a 15 minute carillon concert starting at 2:45 just before the concert starts. In addition to the brass/organ pieces, there will be a sing-along of carols including Handel’s “Hallelujah ChoruS


 Light and Gold: Seasonal Music with Notre Dame High School Choirs
· Sunday, December 16, 2018
· 4:00 PM 6:00 PM
The Cantata Singers and the Choral Music Program at Notre Dame High School of Elmira 1400 Maple Avenue present seasonal music featuring “Gloria” by John Rutter, Eric Whitaker’s “Lux Arumque,” “Arise, Shine” by Dan Forrest and much more! Featuring the singers of both choral groups and 16 member brass, percussion, and organ chamber ensemble. Free-will donation accepted at the door, handicapped accessible.


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.

Spinet Organ for Sale:

A Yamaha electric organ with two manuals and pedalboard

44 inch wide x 26 inch deep.

Beautiful condition, like new.

Available immediately.

Call/text Siu-ling 607-279-2550












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.





Bálint Karosi, composer and organist has won first prizes at the J. S. Bach Competition in Leipzig, the Dublin and Miami International Organ Competitions, the Improvisation Competition of the University of Michigan and the recipient of the 2014 Charles Ives Scholarship for composition by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has performed at Saint Sulpice in Paris, the Saint Thomas Church and Gewandhaus in Leipzig, the Matthias Church and National Concert Hall in Budapest, the St Petri Dom in Bremer Dom and has been the featured organist for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation at the Cathedral of the Saint John the Divine in New York City. His compositions have been performed by the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Spectrum Symphony of New York, the New Hungarian Music Society (UMZE), Musiciens Libres, the Miskolc Symphony Orchestra, Anima Musica Chamber Orchestra, Antico Moderno, the Norfolk Festival Chorus, the Yale Philharmonia Orchestra, Canto Armonico and the Boston Choral Ensemble. He has started working on his first opera, Lonely Hearts with a libretto by the Hungarian playwright Almási András Tóth.


He has recorded five CDs, including two critically acclaimed albums; Clavier-übung III by J. S. Bach, featuring the period vocal ensemble Canto Armonico in 2014, and die Kunst der Fuge on organ, harpsichord and clavichord. He is contracted by Hungaroton to release an album of his own compositions.


In 2015 Bálint was appointed as Cantor at Saint Peter’s Lutheran Church in downtown Manhattan, where he oversees an ambitious classical music program with a strong commitment to commissioning new music that is equally suited to concert and worship. Prior to this appointment, he served as Minister of Music at First Lutheran Church of Boston for eight years, where he founded and directed the acclaimed “Boston Bach Birthday,” a daylong celebration of the composer’s birthday, co-sponsored by the Boston Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and other art organizations in Boston.


While at Yale University, Balint co-founded Antico Moderno with Jacques Lee Wood, an ensemble dedicated to commission and perform new works for period players. The ensemble has performed in Boston, New Hampshire and New York and has coached student composers at Yale School of Music, Tufts University and the Boston Conservatory at Berklee School of Music.


Bálint has completed his doctoral studies in composition at Yale University, where his composition teachers were Christopher Theofanidis, Aaron Jay Kernis and Martin Bresnick. He holds a Master’s degree and an Artist Diploma from the Oberlin Conservatory, two Master’s degrees from the Liszt Academy in Budapest (in clarinet and organ performance), and two Prix de Virtuosités from the Conservatoire Supérieur de Genève in Switzerland.


He has taught music theory at Yale University, organ and improvisation at Boston University, the University of Massachusetts, Boston and the Oberlin Conservatory. He regularly gives concerts in the United States and in Europe, masterclasses on improvisation and hymn playing and is under concert management with Penny Lorenz.








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



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