Chemung Valley Chapter

Last updated: March 31, 2017 at 14:43 pm


The Dulciana

Newsletter of the Chemung Valley Chapter

Of The American Guild of Organists

April 2017

Newsletter Editor’s Message:

Happy Easter Everyone!

It is just around the corner. I hope your preparations are going well. Hopefully it will warm up again soon.

We had a small but nice Spring Gathering @ Dan’s home. We enjoyed good food and great music.

Our April event will be a Members’ Recital at Grace Episcopal Church, corner of Church and Davis Streets, Elmira.  It will be Sunday, April 23 at 4:00 PM.  The Performers will be: Gerald Wolfe, Barbara Garges, Claude Cornwall, Reginald Piatt, Julia Peckham. and Dan LaBar. We will be going to Beijing Garden Restaurant 145 W. Gray St., Elmira following the Recital. Please contact Beth Briggs at 607-377-5363 or We hope to see you there.

Beth Briggs


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.
Chapter Events:
4/23/17: Annual Member’s Recital: Grace Episcopal Church 375 W.
Church St.(corner Davis St.) Elmira, NY 4:00 PM
We will be going to Beijing Garden 145 w. Gray St. Elmira
Following the recital let me Beth Briggs know if are interested in
Community Events:

4/2/17: Redeemer Recital Series welcomes the “Bones”
ELMIRA TROMBONE CHOIR directed by Norm Wilcox
Church of the Redeemer 201 South Wilbur Avenue
Sayre, Pennsylvania 3:00 PM

From the Binghamton Chapter:

Dear AGO members,
On Sunday, April 2 at 4:00,  recitalist Douglas Cleveland will be performing a concert at United Presbyterian Church 42 Chenago St. Binghamton, NY, sponsored by the BU Music Department and our AGO chapter.  AGO members will be admitted for half-off ticket prices.   Douglas was a long-time friend of Jonathan Biggers.   Jonathan made arrangements for this recital last year. Douglas Cleveland is an internationally renowned recitalist, so it should be a significant and entertaining concert.  I hope you will be able to attend.

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 GENERAL With Theatre Organ Accompaniment by David Peckham Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 4:00 pm   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, 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. 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.
4/30/17: David Jackson will present an Organ Recital at Owego
Presbyterian Church 111 Temple Street Owego, NY as
part of their Bicentennial Celebration 4:00 PM
Admission is free.
5/21/17: The Elmira Keyboard Ensemble will present a Concert at
Grace United Methodist Church 191 South Bridge St.
Corning, NY 3:00 PM Admission is free.

From the Cantata Singers of Elmira:

May 21, 2017, Sts. Peter & Paul Church, 556 E. Market Street Elmira, NY
(across from St. Joseph’s Hospital) 4:00 PM – We present two beautiful works by contemporary composers, Frank Martin’s “Mass for Double Choir” and “Sunrise Mass” by Ola Gjeilo.


New Dues Rates

AGO National has established the following dues rates for the upcoming 2017-18.
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.



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




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