"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.

Legends of Russia: OSFL Spring Concert


March 6, 2016 

4:00 p.m.

Clemens Center, Elmira, NY 

Russia is the muse for the Orchestra's Spring Concert with our student ensembles and choir! The Junior String Ensemble will open with Mozart's Overture to the Abduction from the Seraglio before being joined by the Youth Orchestra in Danzon No. 2 by Arturo Marquez. The Youth Orchestra and OSFL will perform Tchaikovsky's March Slav side-by-side before celebrated 2015 Doreen B. Hertzog Concerto Competition winner Miranda Werner adds a splash of Bohemian spice with Pablo de Sarasate's Zigeunerweisen on the violin. Peter and the Wolf, a Russian children's story narrated by Dr. Ed Williams, will close the half. The Chorus of the Southern Finger Lakes and mixed voices of Ithaca College, under the direction of William Cowdery, will perform the Russian shanty Song of the Volga Boatmen as arranged by Stravinsky and forces combine with guest soprano Ivy Walz in the final work Alexander Nevsky by Prokofiev.

Adult Single Tickets: $45-$35-$15

College Student (with ID): $10

Children 17 and under: $5

(accompanying adult in level B seating: $10)

To purchase tickets, call the Clemens Center Box Office at 607-734-8191 or visit their Website! Processing and facility maintenance fees apply.

See our Orchestra Season Subscriptions page for special pricing for our last two concerts. 

Click Here to read more about Miranda Werner and the Hertzog Competition


The Janus Wind Quintet Sold Out! Thank you!

Check out the pictures here if you missed it: Photos

The Janus Wind Quintet performs at the Rockwell

It's time for the second installment in the Musician's Choice Chamber Series at the Rockwell Museum. This month's performance is by The Janus Wind Quintet, comprised of OSFL musicians Laura Campbell, flute; Lesley McClelland, oboe; Richard MacDowell, clarinet; Heather Cole, bassoon; and Terry Martens, French horn. The ensemble will perform classical quintets by Beethoven and Bizet's famous Carmen Suite, but will also include contemporary works such as Afro-Cuban Concerto and Spirit Man, as well as Piazzolla's passionate Libertango among others! This concert occurs without intermission and is preceded by a complimentary wine and cheese  reception.

Friday, January 22, 2016 - 7:30 p.m.

The Rockwell Museum

Corning, NY







To purchase a subscription or single tickets for the Chamber Series Concerts, visit our Rockwell page or call 607.936.2873

Subscription: $50

Single Tickets: $30

Students (with ID): $10

Due to restrictions set forth by the New York State Liquor Authority, in order to attend the wine and cheese reception, advance reservations of 24 hours are required for single ticket purchases. Tickets purchased on the day of the concert will be not be able to attend the reception.

Check out some pictures from our Holiday Concert!