Newsletter of the Chemung Valley Chapter
Of The American Guild of Organists
Happy New Year Everyone!!
Another Holiday Season is almost behind us. This year was different in so many ways. I pray that all of you are doing well. It was the first Christmas Eve Service that I haven’t attended in many years. Our Interim Pastor has kept us going with Zoom and limited In Person Worship. I do miss Choir and Bell Choir Rehearsals, I spent the Holiday with my 87 y.o. Mother. I stay in touch with my out of town Family via FaceTime.
After talking with Dan LaBar & David Lenington, we wanted to give you an update on our Spring 2021 Events. After much thought, we have decided to cancel our Spring 2021 Events. Including The Spring Gathering, Member’s Recital, Organist at Park Church and Jean Hennsler’s Workshop as well. David Lenington is working on some possible Virtual Events. Stay tuned. Our first priority as always is the health, well-being and safety of our Members and Friends. If anyone has any ideas for a Zoom Event, please let Dan LaBar know. Please watch your mail and email for updates.
God Bless You All,
Beth Briggs email or 607-377-5363
Dan LaBar: email: Dan LaBar or 607-846-8411
David Lenington: email
The Chemung Valley AGO will be hosting a 30 minute, virtual PowerPoint presentation, Auditorium Organs in the Twin Tiers, Past & Present. It will be on the Chemung Valley AGO website https://www.agohq.org/chapters/chemungvalley/ on April 10, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. and will be accessible until April 17, 2021. This won’t be a live presentation.
The presentation will include the Austin organ at Mansfield University, the J. W. Steere organ that was at Cornell University, the Austin organ that was at Binghamton’s Kalurah Temple, the Austin organ in the Scranton Cultural Center, and the Kimball that was in the Scranton Municipal Building. All of the organs are either unplayable or have been removed.
Many Blessings and hope you stay safe and warm with all the snow,
Beth Briggs, Secretary, Chemung Valley AGO
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
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
Employers and job seekers are invited to post and search listings of available positions on the Guild’s National Website.
Daniel LaBar (Home 607-846-8411) or Email
David Lenington Email or (570-268-5035)
607-377-5363 or Email