"Music is the social act of communication among people, a gesture of friendship, the strongest there is."

                                                                                         Malcolm Arnold 

Come Visit Us!

No matter what your generation or musical experience, join us in concert for some REAL social networking. You can always check in with us on our website, or via Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. But you can also give your digital self a mini-break and go live: stop by our office at 52 W. Market Street in Corning and say hello, renew your bond with us (and your season subscription, too) or try us out for the first time. We encourage you to connect to the OSFL in person!


Give Now!

Many Thanks!

The Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes (Corning Elmira Musical Arts) is grateful for the generous support provided by the New York State Council on the Arts, Governor Andrew Cuomo, and the New York State Legislature.


The OSFL is also grateful for the additional generous support of the Community Foundation of Corning-Elmira and the Finger Lakes, and the Corning, Incorporated Foundation


The Arts of the Southern Finger LakesClick here to visit The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes' website for more information on our Cultural Partners! The Cultural Partners' purpose is to identify ways to collaborate in order to improve the effectiveness of their organizations and the cultural community as a whole.

Many thanks to our performing venue hosts: Tom Weidemann and the staff of the Clemens Center, The Corning Museum of Glass, Christ Episcopal Church in Corning, NY, Brett Smith and the staff of The Rockwell Museum, and Bruce Whitmarsh and the staff of Chemung Valley History Museum. And a special word of gratitude to Steve Gergely and the faculty and staff of Notre Dame High School in Elmira, for hosting the Orchestra’s rehearsals throughout the season.

Looking for classical musicians for a wedding, cocktail party, wine tasting, or other special event?

The Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes can help put you in touch with professional musicians at the height of their creative ability. If you are interested or have any questions, please feel free to contact the orchestra at (607) 936-2873 or via e-mail at info@osfl.org.

What Are They Saying?

See what our audience members are saying


"The English language does not have enough superlative adjectives to describe the concert, but here are a few: exquisite, exciting, exhilarating, and magnificent. People were breathless or shedding joyous tears at the end of the outstanding performance."


"The orchestra was amazing - the strings played the best I have ever heard them play. I liked how Toshi talked to the audience, not down to us like students, but as one adult to another telling us about this wonderful music. He has a sincerity about the music and a great zest for performing that I love! I look forward to the rest of the season."

As the music flowed so brilliantly, I looked around. Was I indeed at the Clemens Center? I could have been in Orchestra Hall, Carnegie Hall, Heinz Hall - you name it. The Orchestra certainly sounded better than I've ever heard it and, of course, it's all because of Toshi Shimada. Kudos to him for an outstanding evening of music making.


The Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes will be holding auditions for the following core positions: 
Assistant Concertmaster 
Section Violin 
Section Viola 
Principal Clarinet 
Principal Harp 
and a 1-year position for Principal Horn.

Auditions will be held on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at the First Presbyterian Church of Horseheads located at 2943 Westinghouse Road (Rte.14N). The auditions will consist of prepared solo or concerto and provided orchestral excerpts, which can be found here.

Interested and experienced musicians should provide a one-page résumé and a deposit check for $50 made payable to Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes or OSFL. Send application materials to the Personnel Manager at address below. The application deadline is Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016. Once you have applied for an audition, the musical excerpts will be e-mailed to you, at your request. Audition times will be scheduled after the Aug. 20 and deadline with information sent via email to applicants shortly thereafter. Checks will be returned on the audition day to those who perform.  Applications will not be considered complete until both resume and check are received.  Applicants may cancel their audition prior to Aug. 20, without penalty.  
The winner(s) must be ready and willing to perform at the rehearsals and concerts indicated below for the 2016-17 season. If a current OSFL member fills any auditioned position, the subsequent vacancy will be filled from qualified remaining applicants. The field of candidates will be narrowed by use of resumes if we receive more applicants than we can reasonably hear. Pay rates will be calculated using the Orchestra’s standard amount for the chair in which the winner would be seated. The OSFL pays both driver and rider mileage to and from the performer’s home address, with a reasonable cap on those funds.  

Audition Date: Sept. 17, 2016        Note: Audition applications must be postmarked by Aug. 20, 2016.
Location: First Presbyterian Church of Horseheads, 2943 Westinghouse Road (Rte.14N), Horseheads, NY.
Send Résumé and $50 deposit check to:

Terry Martens, Personnel Manager OSFL                                    
3493 Deerfield Hts.                                
Cortland, NY 13045    

Thanks for a wonderful 21st Season, and get ready for an even more wonderful 22nd Season!

The Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes wants to thank everyone who came to one of four orchestra concerts, three chamber music concerts, two youth orchestra and junior string ensemble concerts, various fundraising and other events, and who in any and every way possible lent their support to the OSFL. Everything we do is for your, our audience and supporters, and our musicians, who bring you some of the worlds greatest music.

While we are busy getting ready for the 2016-17 Season, our 22nd, we want to remind you of what's in store in the coming year. We will begin the season on Sunday, September 25, 2016 with a little number from a film you may have heard of: can you say Star Wars? This opening concert concludes with Gustav Holst's masterpiece The Planets. In between those works, rising star Benjamin Pawlak will perform Franz Liszt's Piano Concerto #1; Liszt himself was considered to be the greatest musical star of the 19th Century*.

Does anyone see a theme developing here? Join us in a Journey to the Stars this September. You can see our entire new season below, including the new fourth chamber music concert that will be added in Elmira in February.

*giving rise to the term "Lisztomania" which the described the frenzy his fans expressed when he performed.

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Jonathan Fenwick: Winner of the 2016 Hertzog Concerto/ Aria Competition

The Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes is pleased to announce that Jonathan Fenwick is the winner of the 2016 Doreen B. Hertzog Concerto/Aria Competition. Jonathan will be invited to perform the piece he played for the competition, the first movement of Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 1, with the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes on our March 5, 2017 concert.

Jonathan Fenwick has studied the violin since age 4, including with the OSFL's own concertmaster, Augusto Diemecke. He has played with the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra for the past 3 years, the past 2 as co-concertmaster. He is also concertmaster of the IHS Orchestra and a member of one of their chamber groups. This summer Jonathan will return for his third year at the Young Artist Orchestra Program at Boston University's Tanglewood Institute and will also attend Tanglewood's String Quartet Workshop. Jonathan has spent previous summers at Kinhaven Music Camp, Greenwood Music Camp and Interlochen Violin Institute.

He was the 2013 First Place winner of the New York State MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) High School String Competition and First Place winner of High School Division of the New York Empire Competition. He also has been a Young Artist Soloist for the Oneonta Concert Association and was recently awarded the National School Orchestra Awards from Ithaca High School as well as Honorable Mention for the Skaneateles Festival Robinson Award. Jonathan composes and has recently written a piece for the high school string orchestra.  Jonathan will be attending Oberlin Conservatory for violin performance in the fall.