Chemung Valley Chapter

Last updated: February 23, 2015 at 16:31 pm

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


Message from The Newsletter Editor:

March 2015

Newsletter Editor’s Message:

Happy St. Patrick’s Day Everyone !!

I trust that you have been surviving the cold weather that we have been having. Just think only a few more weeks until Spring.

While we have no Chapter Events planned for March, there are a number of Community Events that might be of interest. Including a Concert by The Elmira Keyboard Ensemble On March 8, 2015 at the First Congregational UCC in Corning, NY
The Ensemble features our Members Dan LaBar, Onalee Nixon, Charlotte Cook with Janice Brown. Information is elsewhere in this Newsletter.
Some Dues rates have changed for the 2015-2016 Membership year. Details are elsewhere in this Newsletter.
The Northeast Convention is coming up from June 28 – July 1, 2015. It will be held in New Haven, CT. There is still time to register. My Cousins have worked at Yale University for many years. It is a very beautiful and accessible city. It would be a great opportunity if you are able to attend. Maybe carpooling could be considered. Further information is on the last page of this Newsletter. Some of the Binghamton Chapter members will be attending

I wish you all safe travels and try and stay warm,

Beth Briggs

Chapter Events:
Community Events:

Dear AGO members,

The Binghamton Chapter will present its first of three Saturday morning events this coming Saturday, January 24, 10:00 am – 12 noon, at Main Street Baptist Church in Binghamton.  The topic will be the  famous Wanamaker organ in Philadelphia PA. Richard Hedgebeth has edited two DVDs, one of a tour of the organ, and the other of performances on the organ, so that the program will fit into our time frame.  The tour, headed by Michael Barone, is entertaining, but too long in the original version.  A second DVD contains performances on the instrument which are very impressive.  Richard will provide some commentary along with the screening of the edited DVDs.

There will be coffee and tea, and perhaps a few goodies available at the event. You are welcome to bring some delectable edibles if you wish. You know how our group likes to eat.

The next two Chapter events will take place on February 14 and March 14, featuring the new DVD set produced by Fugue State Films on Cesar Franck. This is the same production company that did the superb DVD set on Cavaille-Coll which we featured last year at three separate events.

I hope you will be able to come on Saturday. It should be a very entertaining and informative program.

3/8/15 The Blair – Bigler Concert featuring “The Elmira Keyboard
Ensemble” Members: Dan LaBar, Janice Brown, Onalee
Nixon, and Charlotte Cook will present a Concert of Music for 2
Pianos and 8 hands, Piano Duets, and Piano and Organ
Duets. Music of Bach, Mozart and Weber will be featured in
the concert, as well as Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever.
First Congregational UCC 171 W. Pulteney St. Corning, NY
4:00 PM The concert is free and open to the public.  A
reception will follow the concert.

3/22/15: From Music at Grace: Jeffery Snedeker, Organist will
present a recital Grace Episcopal Church 375 W. Church
Street( corner Davis St.) Elmira, NY 4:00 PM Admission is
free. A free will offering will be taken.
Friday 4/10/15: From Music at Grace: Hobart and William Smith
Colleges Chorale, Conducted by Yunn-Shan Ma
Grace Episcopal Church 375 W. Church St.(corner
Davis St.) Elmira, NY 7:30 PM Admission is free
A free will offering will be taken.

4/12/15 Theatre Organ Pops Concert : David Peckham
and Friends and Silent Film: One Week Starring
Buster Keaton. The Clemens Center 207 Clemens
Center Parkway Elmira, NY 3:00 PM
Tickets: Adult $17.50 Under 18 $8.75
Call 607-734-8191 or
From The Cantata Singers of Elmira:

Where Sacred Waters Divide
· Sunday, March 8, 2015
· 3:00pm 5:00pm
In collaboration with Corning Community College, we present an all original program of music, dance, poetry, and art based on the theme of water. CCC is celebrating a “Year of Water” and has commissioned CCC Poet Edward Dougherty and local composer (and Cantata Singers Music director) Will Wickham to create a program of original music and poetry centered around water in our southern Finger Lakes area.
The program will be presented in the performance space of the “Learning Center” building, R003-R005 at 3 pm on Sunday, March 8 and again at 12:30 on Thursday, March 12.
This program is free and open to everyone.
A Choral Celebration of Life
· Sunday, May 17, 2015
· 4:00pm 6:00pm
May 17, 2015 the program, A Choral Celebration of Life, at Grace Episcopal Church 375 W. Church St. in Elmira, features the new and gorgeous Requiem for the Living by Breeseport native and noted composer Dan Forrest. Also on the program will be music by James Whitbourne, Morten Lauridsen, and some new releases by Karl Jenkins and more.
This program is free and open to everyone. A free-will collection will be taken to help fund our season.

The New Haven Chapter of the AGO is thrilled to invite you to our exciting city for a convention of stellar artists, over 30 inspiring workshops, and lots of collegial fun. Our featured performers include Diane Meredith Belcher, Peter Richard Conte, Ahreum Han, Martin Jean, and Thomas Murray. We present a wealth of ensembles, a hymn festival, and first-class banquet entertainment! You can also experience the famous New Haven restaurant scene and take a bus trip to the scenic coastal town of Stonington.

Visit to see what we are offering. There is a wonderful lineup of presenters, ensembles, and instruments. We are fortunate to present this convention in cooperation with the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. Yale offers us some unique resources, including Woolsey Hall, Marquand Chapel, a special library exhibit, and tours of the wonderful Yale Instrument Collection.

Hope to see you in June!
Lars Gjerde, Convention Coordinator

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.










For Information on joining our chapter please contact:

David Lenington, Treasurer Chemung Valley AGO Chapter
101 John B. Merrill Pkwy
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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