Chemung Valley Chapter

Last updated: February 15, 2017 at 12:33 pm


The Dulciana

Newsletter of the Chemung Valley Chapter

Of The American Guild of Organists

February 2017

Newsletter Editor’s Message:

February Greetings Everyone !!

We have no events planned for February. We are looking to organize a Member‘s Recital April 23rd or 30th. If you would be interested in performing please let Dan LaBar know at or 607-846-8411. watch your mail and e-mail for details and for any future events. If there are any events of interest that you would like listed in the Newsletter please let me know at or 607-377-5363.

Beth Briggs


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:
4/2/17: 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:

From the Cantata Singers of Elmira:

Music At Grace, February 26, 2017 – performance by The Cantata Singers performing two major works by Karl Jenkins. Requiem and the upstate NY premier of Cantata Memoria: For the Children of Aberfan are on the program. We will be joined by soloists including euphonium soloist James Yoon, a children’s choir from St. Mary Our Mother Church in Horseheads, and chamber orchestra. Grace Episcopal Church

375 W. Church St.(corner Davis St.) Elmira, NY 4:00 PM Admission is free.


Please 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 GENERALWith 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. 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. 7:30 PM Admission is free, A free will offering
will be taken.


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


Temporary Organist Postion at St Paul”s Episcopal, Troy (PA).  Contact person is Betsy Santigar @ 607 426 8676.


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