Chemung Valley Chapter

Last updated: August 22, 2016 at 14:58 pm


The Dulciana
Newsletter of the Chemung Valley Chapter
Of The American Guild of Organists
Summer 2016

Newsletter Editor’s Message:

Hello Everyone!

I hope you are all having a nice summer. I love days in the 70’s.

Our next Chapter Event will be our Annual Picnic at the home of Dan LaBar 353 Lovell Avenue in Elmira.. It will be held Sunday August 28, 2016. A Flyer with details and directions is enclosed. Save the Date: Our first event of the 2016-2017 year will be our Annual Organ Crawl. The date is Saturday October 1, 2016. We will be visiting organs in Binghamton and Ithaca, NY David always plans a great day. Please watch your mail and e-mail for further details. It is always a great time.

In local AGO News, Ithaca, NY has a new Chapter. Jean Radice from Ithaca College is the Dean. We look forward to sharing our events in the future and making new friends.

The Binghamton Chapter is planning an Organ Crawl to the Albany, NY area on Tuesday August 9, 2016. If you are interested in going, please let me know and I will send you more information.

Have a safe and happy 4th of July !

Beth Briggs

Joe Barber has retired as Director of Music and Organist at The Park Church Elmira, NY. He will continue on as Associate Organist. He is now available as a Substitute Organist in the Waverly, Valley, and Elmira areas. He can be reached at 607-240-6233.
Chapter Events:

8/28/16: Annual Chemung Valley AGO Picnic at the home of Dan LaBar
353 Lovell Avenue Elmira, NY 12:30 PM A Flyer with details
and directions is enclosed.
10/1/16: Chemung Valley Chapter’s Annual Organ Crawl to
Binghamton & Ithaca, NY.:

Organ Crawl-October 1, 2016:

You are invited to an organ crawl to Binghamton and Ithaca. In
Binghamton we will hear the 1949 Casavant at Tabernacle Methodist Church and
the 1932 Aeolian-Skinner at First Congregational Church. Lunch will be at Park Diner in Binghamton, NY.
After lunch we will travel to Ithaca to hear the new Juget-Sinclair
organ at St. Luke Lutheran Church.

10/30/16: From Music at Grace: Organ Recital by Kimberly Marshall
Co-sponsored by the Chemung Valley AGO Chapter
Grace Episcopal Church 375 W. Church St.(corner Davis St.)
Elmira, NY 4:00 PM Admission is free. A freewill offering will be

Community Events:

Dedication Festival for the Juget-Sinclair op. 45 French Romantic Organ at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 109 Oak Avenue in Ithaca, NY
Friday, September 16, 2016 | 8:00 p.m.
Dedication Recital:  Michel Bouvard, organ
Music of Mendelssohn, Alain, Duruflé, Vierne, Franck, Jean Bouvard, and Dupré.
Free tickets may be reserved by emailing

Saturday, September 17, 2016
Master class with Michel Bouvard
Improvisation Masterclass with William Porter
8:00pm            Organ Collaboration Concert:  Music with voices and instruments by Saint-Saëns, Vierne, Poulenc, Duruflé, and Gigout.
Performances by organists David Higgs, Anne Laver, Annette Richards, Jonathan Schakel, and Jeffrey Snedeker, with the Cayuga Vocal Ensemble conducted by Carl Johengen, soprano Megan Sharpe, cellist Rosemary Elliot, and the St. Luke Brass.
Free tickets may be reserved by emailing

Sunday, September 18, 2016 | 10:45 a.m.
Festive Service of Dedication
Louis Vierne:  Messe Sollenelle
with Matthew Hall (Vierne) and Barbara Adler (Franck voluntaries), guest organists

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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.


Kimberly Marshall

Kimberly Marshall maintains an active career as a concert organist, performing regularly in Europe, the US and Asia. She has held teaching positions at the Royal Academy of Music, London, and Stanford University, California. Winner of the St. Albans Competition in 1985, she has been invited to play in prestigious venues and has recorded for Radio-France, the BBC, and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Kimberly Marshall has performed throughout Europe, including concerts in London’s Royal Festival Hall and Westminster Cathedral, King’s College, Cambridge, Norte-Dame Cathedral, Paris, Chartres and Uppsala Cathedrals, as well as the Dormition Abbey in Jerusalem. She has also performed on many historical organs, such as the Couperin organ at Saint-Gervais, Paris, the Gothic organ in Sion, Switzerland, and the Cahmann organ in Leufstabruk, Sweden. Her playing is informed by research into obscure repertoire and by knowledge of performance practice. While at Stanford and the Royal Academy of Music, she gave performances of organ works by Ligeti in the presence of the composer, and she has been an advocate for music by Margaret Sandresky, Dan Locklair and Ofer Ben-Amots. She is attracted to the organ by its vast possibilities of timbre and by the instrument’s complex development since its invention in the third century BCE. Her work reflects this enthusiasm for musical creativity and historical awareness.

Dr. Marshall’s compact disc recordings feature music of the Italian and Spanish Renaissance, French Classical and Romantic periods, and works by J. S. Bach. Her most recent CD celebrates the music of Arnolt Schlick on the 500th anniversary of its publication (2012). A CD/DVD set entitled A Fantasy through Time, was released on the Loft label in 2009, receiving effusive reviews, as did her recording of Chen Yi’s organ concerto with the Singapore Symphony on the BIS label (2003). Her expertise in medieval music is reflected in her recording, Gothic Pipes, as well as through her scholarly contributions in such publications as the Grove Dictionary of Music and the Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages. To increase awareness of this repertoire, she published anthologies of late-medieval and Renaissance organ music in 2000 and 2004.
Dr. Marshall appeared at regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists in Phoenix (2009) and in San Francisco (2011). She is also a frequent recitalist and workshop leader at national conventions of the AGO. A review of her performance for the national convention in July 2010 extolls her as “a multi-faceted musician” who “pushed the organ to its limit with her virtuosic demands in playing and registration….This was a royal performance by one of our royalty!”

This past summer, Kimberly was Artist-in-Residence at the University for Music and the Performing Arts in Vienne, where she held masterclasses and performed on the Wöckerl organ from 1642. She also presented a lecture-recital in Amsterdam and was a featured performer for the Organ Historical Society’s 60th anniversary Convention in Philadelphia.








For Information on joining our chapter please contact:

David Lenington, Treasurer Chemung Valley AGO Chapter
211 Laning Creek Road
Towanda,PA 18848










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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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