Chemung Valley Chapter


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

April 2020

Newsletter Editor’s Message:

Happy Palm Sunday & Easter Everyone !!

This month I have decided to do an electronic version of “The Dulciana” We have approached the First Day of Spring. I know that this is difficult and uncertain time for everyone. I pray that you all are Well, Safe & Happy. We can use this time to reconnect with our Families near and far. I’ve reconnected with my Connecticut Cousins. There is amazing Technology that allows us to stay in touch without being there.

Due the Covid-19 Virus our Spring Gathering @ Dan’s home and our Member’s Recital have been canceled.

Looking ahead to May, Unfortunately, we have had to Cancel Thom Bohlert’s Recital at Park Church on May 3rd due to Health Issues.  Unfortunately Our final event is also Canceled The Organ Workshop entitled Topic “Max Reger: Bach’s Heir or Obsessed Nutjob?”  Presented by Jean Herman Henssler from Binghamton. It was to be held Saturday May 16, 2020 @ The Park Church 208 W. Gray Street Elmira, NY.   We may look at Rescheduling in the Fall.  Please watch your e-mail.

Beth Briggs


Chapter Events:

3/29/20: Canceled: Annual Spring Gathering at the home of Dan
Labar 353 Lovell Avenue in Elmira.

4/26/20 Canceled: Annual Member’s Recital Grace Episcopal
Church 375 W. Church Street Elmira, NY

5/3/20: Organ Recital by Thom Bohlert has been canceled
due to Health Issues.

5/16/20: Canceled  Organ Workshop by Jean
Herman Henssler: Topic:  Max Reger: Bach’s Heir or
Obsessed Nutjob?
The Park Church 208 W. Gray Street Elmira, NY
Gathering at 10 am for Coffee & Donuts. Workshop
begins at 10:30 am.

After a short Biography of Reger, she will compare Bach’s Passacaglia in c minor to Reger’s (Introduction and) Passacaglia in d minor. Clarification of Reger’s Chorale Fantasie on Ein Feste Burg which is a difficult piece to grasp( and supporting the obsessed nutjob statement). She will be performing whole or excerpts of the Works.


Jean Herman Henssler Biography:

A Binghamton area native, Jean Herman Henssler earned a Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance from Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Oberlin, Ohio. Upon graduation, she was chosen by the Oberlin music faculty for membership in the national honorary music society Pi Kappa Lambda. From 1971 – 1978 she was Instructor of Music at Broome Community College (SUNY Broome) during which time she earned  a Master of Music degree in piano performance  from  the Ithaca School of Music, Ithaca, NY. In 1979 she moved to Germany, where for eighteen years she performed throughout Europe as soloist, accompanist and chamber musician. Since her return in 1998, she has served several churches as organist and choir director and performed extensively as soloist and collaborative musician. She is a long-time member and accompanist of The Madrigal Choir of Binghamton, and is currently Sub-Dean of the Binghamton Chapter of the AGO.







Community Events: 









Organist Needed:

Faith Lutheran Church(Missouri Synod) 71 W. First Street Corning, NY
11 AM Sunday Service, Allen Digital Computer Organ, Services from the
Lutheran Hymnal, Prelude, Offertory & Postlude. Salary Negotiable.
Contact: Tom Rosenwinkel 607-857-6660 or
Chapter Events:











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.














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.






For Information on joining our chapter please contact:

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



The First Presbyterian Church of Big Flats,NY  is accepting applications for the position of Director of Music.

The Director of Music is to provide professional services as organist and director of the adult choir.
to be within the general standards set by the American Guild of Organists.

The church’s priorities in music are as follows:
A. Music to be provided every Sunday for the worship service.
B. A variety of appropriate music should be incorporated both in the service music and the choir repertoire.
C. As closely as possible, unity of the message of the music and message of the word should occur in each service.
D. During the summer when the choir does not perform, the Director of Music is encouraged to schedule special music for the worship service. This can be solicited from “in-house” or from the “outside.”
E. It is expected that the music will be well performed.

The service will involve personal preparation (practice) and conducting and accompanying regular choir rehearsals, which presently occur at 9:15 am on Sunday morning. Morning worship is conducted at 10:30 am and at such other times as shall be set by the church Session (ie. Christmas Eve, Maundy Thursday, etc.). Regular choir rehearsals are held from September through June. The choir does not perform during the summer. (Summer services are held at 9:30).
The Director of Music is also in charge of arranging for the tuning and other regular maintenance of the keyboard instruments including an Allen Electronic Organ.
The services of the Director of Music are occasionally needed for funerals, weddings, etc.

Compensation will be based on ability and experience and is negotiable.

If interested, you are encouraged to submit a current resume with your name, address, address and phone number to:
The Search Committee
5 Suburban Drive
Elmira, New York 14903

Chapter Events:


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 Email

David Lenington Email or (570-268-5035)

Elizabeth Briggs
607-377-5363 or Email



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