Chemung Valley Chapter

Last updated: August 29, 2018 at 11:26 am


The Dulciana

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

April 2018

Newsletter Editor’s Message:

Happy Easter Everyone !!

I’m tired of the snow and cold weather. Hopefully it will warm up soon. It was a quiet Winter Gathering and Dan and I had good time listening to music and visiting with his cats. Our next event will be our Annual Member’s Recital it will be Sunday April 15, 2018 at 4 PM at Grace Episcopal Church in Elmira. We have six performers. We will be going to Beijing Garden 145 W. Gray St. Elmira, NY following the Recital. Let me know if you are interested at or 607-377-5363.

There are other events that might be of interest elsewhere in the Newsletter.

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:

11/18/18: From Music at Grace: Organ Recital by Balint Karosi Grace
Episcopal Church 375 W. Church Street Elmira, NY 4:00 PM
Co-Sponsored by the Chemung Valley Chapter of the American
Guild of Organists. Admission is free. A free will offering will
be taken.

Community Events:

From the Cantata Singers of Elmira:


From St. Luke’s Lutheran Church 109 Oak Avenue Ithaca, NY






Elmira Keyboard Ensemble to perform concert in










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.





Bálint Karosi, composer and organist has won first prizes at the J. S. Bach Competition in Leipzig, the Dublin and Miami International Organ Competitions, the Improvisation Competition of the University of Michigan and the recipient of the 2014 Charles Ives Scholarship for composition by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has performed at Saint Sulpice in Paris, the Saint Thomas Church and Gewandhaus in Leipzig, the Matthias Church and National Concert Hall in Budapest, the St Petri Dom in Bremer Dom and has been the featured organist for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation at the Cathedral of the Saint John the Divine in New York City. His compositions have been performed by the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Spectrum Symphony of New York, the New Hungarian Music Society (UMZE), Musiciens Libres, the Miskolc Symphony Orchestra, Anima Musica Chamber Orchestra, Antico Moderno, the Norfolk Festival Chorus, the Yale Philharmonia Orchestra, Canto Armonico and the Boston Choral Ensemble. He has started working on his first opera, Lonely Hearts with a libretto by the Hungarian playwright Almási András Tóth.


He has recorded five CDs, including two critically acclaimed albums; Clavier-übung III by J. S. Bach, featuring the period vocal ensemble Canto Armonico in 2014, and die Kunst der Fuge on organ, harpsichord and clavichord. He is contracted by Hungaroton to release an album of his own compositions.


In 2015 Bálint was appointed as Cantor at Saint Peter’s Lutheran Church in downtown Manhattan, where he oversees an ambitious classical music program with a strong commitment to commissioning new music that is equally suited to concert and worship. Prior to this appointment, he served as Minister of Music at First Lutheran Church of Boston for eight years, where he founded and directed the acclaimed “Boston Bach Birthday,” a daylong celebration of the composer’s birthday, co-sponsored by the Boston Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and other art organizations in Boston.


While at Yale University, Balint co-founded Antico Moderno with Jacques Lee Wood, an ensemble dedicated to commission and perform new works for period players. The ensemble has performed in Boston, New Hampshire and New York and has coached student composers at Yale School of Music, Tufts University and the Boston Conservatory at Berklee School of Music.


Bálint has completed his doctoral studies in composition at Yale University, where his composition teachers were Christopher Theofanidis, Aaron Jay Kernis and Martin Bresnick. He holds a Master’s degree and an Artist Diploma from the Oberlin Conservatory, two Master’s degrees from the Liszt Academy in Budapest (in clarinet and organ performance), and two Prix de Virtuosités from the Conservatoire Supérieur de Genève in Switzerland.


He has taught music theory at Yale University, organ and improvisation at Boston University, the University of Massachusetts, Boston and the Oberlin Conservatory. He regularly gives concerts in the United States and in Europe, masterclasses on improvisation and hymn playing and is under concert management with Penny Lorenz.








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