"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.

OSFL Season Finale Concert


Saturday, May 7, 2016

7:30 p.m.

The Corning Museum of Glass

The final Orchestra concert of the 2015-2016 season is a culmination of a progressive year. Chelsea Starbuck Smith comes from Juilliard to perform Sibelius' Violin Concerto, a virtuosic classical piece that was featured on the Emmy award winning show "Mozart and the Jungle".  The OSFL also brings to the area the music of Yale composer Thomas Duffy and his work Heart Throb, a contemporary piece composed around the rhythms and nuances of the human heartbeat. A rediscovered masterpiece originally removed from his first symphony, Mahler's Blumine movement will be introduced, before the powerful closing in Ferde Grofe's Grand Canyon Suite, which is accompanied by a visual presentation and light show in the CMOG auditorium.

To purchase tickets, call 607-734-8191

or visit the Clemens Center Website here: Purchase Tickets

Single Adult Ticket: 45

Student (with ID): $10

Children 17 and under: $8

Classical 5K Fundraising Walk!

Join us for a 5K like no other! Have you ever enjoyed live music along a 5K course through Corning and the Gaffer District?  With this event you will!  As you follow the course, community musicians all along the way will play you notes of encouragement from start to finish!

Your participation in this event will support the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes as it presents the highest level of orchestral music to inspire appreciation and provide musical education through its performances and those of its partner groups, the Chorus of the Southern Finger Lakes, the Youth Orchestra, the Junior String Ensemble, and the Musician's Choice Chamber Series.

When: Saturday, May 7

Where: Centerway Square, Corning, NY

Registration Opens at 8am

Event Begins at 9am

Race Fee:   $25.00 pre-registration

Includes:  Registration for one participant, custom glass Finisher medal for all of those who cross the finish line, completing the 5K, and all registered participants will be eligible to purchase concert tickets for the performance that night, if still available, for 50% off the standard ticket price. Refreshments will be available at the conclusion of the event.

Place Medals (1st, 2nd, 3rd) for both Men and Women in the following categories:

Under 25, 25-35, 35-45, 45-55, 55+

Register Here!


Breeze and Keys: Jeanne Sperber and Pej Reitz

The last Musician's Choice Concert for the 2015-2016 season features OSFL principal flutist and internationally acclaimed pianist Pej Reitz in a program that include Arthur Foote's Trois Pieces, Barber's Canzone​, and a powerful technical arrangement of the Carmen Fantasie.

James Parker, first runner up of the Hertzog Concerto Competition, will open the evening with the Nino Rota Bassoon Concerto.

Friday, April 8, 2016 - 7:30 p.m.

The Rockwell Museum, Corning, NY 


Legends of Russia - March 6, 2016

Check out the pictures here if you missed it: Photos