"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.

Happy Thanksgiving from Everyone at The Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes!

Upcoming Holiday Concert








Sunday, December 13, 2015

4:00 p.m.

       The Clemens Center

              Elmira, NY 

Featuring Amanda Kohl, soprano; Ivy Walz, mezzo-soprano;

and the Chorus of the Southern Finger Lakes

The holidays only come once a year! Join the OSFL for a festive night bound to be magical for audiences of all ages. This always popular concert opens with the Christmas classic Handel's Messiah, and celebrates Hanukkah and holiday favorites with Waltz of the Flowers from The Nutcracker Suite, My Favorite Things from The Sound of Music, and Christmas Lullaby from Songs of a New World, along with Let There Be Peace on Earth and Light the Candles of Freedom. Hear the sleigh bells in Jingle Bells Fantasie and dance the night away with Christmas Waltz. And what would our concert be without Anderson's Sleigh Ride and a holiday sing-along? Our seasonal program can convert even the sternest of humbugs!

Level A: $45

Level B: $30

Level C: $15

Student (with ID): $10

Child under 18: $8

Purchase tickets online at: The Clemens Center Box Office or call the Box Office at 607-734-8191. 

Visit our Concerts Page for subscription info and Here for bios on our guest artists! 

Opening Rockwell Concert Success!

The OSFL celebrates another full-capacity concert at the Rockwell Museum in our Musician's Choice Chamber Series! Friday night's concert was one ticket short of sold out. Join us for our second concert on Friday, January 22nd! 

Our wonderful performers are pictured here from left to right: Terry Martens, French Horn; Craig Harrigan, trombone; Greta and Clara Paasch, finger puppets; Rebecca Paasch, soprano; Dave Unland, tuba; Antony Paasch, composer; Indira Dominguez, dancer and choreographer; Jeff Stempien, trumpet; Scott Kelley,  trumpet; Sean Stafford, piano.  

Musicians from left to right: Terry Martens, Scott Kelley, Craig Harrigan, Jeff Stempien









Opening Concert of the Youth Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes & the Junior Strings Ensemble is a Triumph!

The Youth Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes (YOSFL), along with the Junior Strings Ensemble, performed its first concert of the 2015-2016 season on November 15 at Christ Episcopal Church in Corning. The YOSFL, sponsored by the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes and conducted by Augusto Diemecke, is a collection of the finest young musicians in the Twin Tiers region. It provides advanced challenges and opportunities for young people who are enthusiastic about music. The Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes also sponsors the Junior String Ensemble.This group, conducted by Gary Chollet, aims to help the development of young string players. It will provide advanced challenges and opportunities for young people who are enthusiastic about music and serve as a feeder program for the YOSFL.

This season the YOSFL will perform two additional concerts. The next one will be with the OSFL on March 6 in the Spring Concert at the Clemens Center. The third concert will be on May 15, 2016, at 4:00 PM at the First Presbyterian Church of Horseheads.