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                                             OSFL

                           PO Box 15, Corning, NY  14830

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!

 

Thanks!

The Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes (Corning Elmira Musical Arts) is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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.

OSFL Auditions for Core Positions

The Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes is looking for musicians to fill the following core positions:

Section Viola  *  Principal Double Bass  *  Principal Percussion (a one year position)

The OSFL will hold auditions on September 11 & 12, 2015, 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.

Click here for more information.

OSFL Welcomes Marshall Hyde as new General Manager

The Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes has hired Marshall Hyde to be its new General Manager. Hyde has lived in Corning since 2001, and has been involved in community arts programming for most of that time. Holding an MFA in glass and sculpture, Hyde was initially attracted to the region by the Corning Museum of Glass and its teaching facility, The Studio, but quickly fell in love with the landscape, the people, and the range of arts activities and organizations here. With over a decade of experience in museums from Cincinnati to Miami to southern Illinois, Hyde continued to curate exhibitions in the area including at the Castellani Art Museum, Exhibit A Contemporary Art, and 171 Cedar Art Center. He was a co-chair of the 2009 Glass Art Society conference in Corning, and on the organizing committee for the first GlassFest.

"It is a privilege to work with so many people dedicated to creating excellent, affordable musical experiences in our core communities of Elmira and Corning," said Hyde. "I am very delighted to be a part of the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes." A life long listener to classical music, Hyde is eager to spread the word about the Orchestra and its affiliated preforming groups, the Youth Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, the Junior String Ensemble, and the Chorus of the Southern Finger Lakes.

"I would like to thank Heidi Berghoff and all the managers who came before me for their careful stewardship of the OSFL. And I am grateful to our hard working Board of Trustees for placing their trust in me. I look forward to working closely with our Musical Director, Maestro Toshiyuki Shimada, and all the remarkable and talented musicians who bring the world's great music to life in their performances. The Orchestra and I want to express our sincerest thanks to the foundations, agencies, businesses and individuals who have contributed generously to sustain us over the years. Finally, I would like to thank our wonderful audience, the people who come back for the music year after year, and to the futures audience of listeners who have not yet found their way to us, but will do so soon."

Hyde hopes to hear from everyone who has an idea, concern, and applause for the OSFL. You may reach him directly at: marshall@osfl.org

 

What are they saying?

See what our audience members are saying

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"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."

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"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."

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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.

"Music is the universal language of humankind"

                                                                                          Henry Wadsworth Longfellow