The Long Bay YOUTH Symphony

Our future is bright

The Long Bay Youth Symphony program, under the direction of Dr. Charles Jones Evans, provides professional training and performance opportunities for approximately 60 talented musical students each year.
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LBYSE

Youth String Ensemble

The Long Bay Symphony offers a second opportunity for youth players to get involved in the arts by joining our Youth String Ensemble led by LBS cellist and CCU professor Chad Hammer.
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How to join

How to Audition

Becoming part of one of our youth programs is a rewarding and unforgettable experience. To find out about our auditions, practice schedule and more click below.
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EDUCATION

Scholarships & 
School Programs

Long Bay Symphony offers a variety of scholarships and other educational opportunities for youth performers. Find out what's available for your young musician. 

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OUR MISSION

Enhancing Music Education

The Long Bay Youth Symphony serves to enhance a young musician’s musical training in a challenging and educational environment.

Students accepted into the program will be provided professional instruction and will learn discipline and how to work collaboratively toward an artistic goal.

Select Youth Symphony chamber ensembles will also receive professional coaching and the possibility for additional performances, including in the lobby at Long Bay Symphony Classical Series concerts.

Select players may also be given opportunities to perform as section players in the Long Bay Symphony.

Dr. Charles Evans

MEET THE STAFF
YOUTH SYMPHONY Conductor

Now in his twenty-eighth season as Music Director/Conductor, Maestro Charles Jones Evans continues to deliver an exceptional standard of performances and imaginative programming. He brings a wealth of musical experience to the area, having held conducting positions with professional orchestras and music festivals throughout the United States, including the Pine Bluff (AR) Symphony, Eastern Music Festival (Greensboro, NC), the Memphis and Mississippi Symphonies, and the Eastman Philharmonia (Rochester, NY). Maestro Evans has been featured as guest conductor with the North Carolina, Richmond (VA), Virginia and Arkansas Symphonies, the Brevard (NC) Philharmonic, the Rock Hill Symphony Orchestra and the Memphis Ballet, as well as orchestras in Boston, Cleveland, Dallas, Spokane and Santa Barbara. In Europe, he has made guest appearances with the Oradea and Giurgiu Philharmonic Orchestras of Romania, and has worked with conservatory orchestras in Bucharest and other cities. Maestro Evans’ orchestral performances have been frequently broadcast on National Public Radio.

Stephen Williams

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YOUTH SYMPHONY MANAGER

Stephen Williams is excited to join the Long Bay Symphony team as the new Long Bay Youth Symphony Manager. Williams currently teaches orchestra at Carolina Forest High School. Along with his main position as a music educator in Horry County Schools, he also plays professionally as a violinist and violist in the Long Bay Symphony and the Florence Symphony, as well as locally throughout North and South Carolina. He also teaches lessons out of his private studio. Williams's main goal is to see students succeed and help them grow to their fullest potential.

YOUTH OPPORTUNITIES

Concerto Competition

This is an AMAZING opportunity to perform a short concerto or movement of a concerto with the Long Bay Youth Symphony.  The competition is open to all members of our youth programs, and the winners will have the opportunity to be featured performers on the Long Bay Youth Symphony’s Annual Spring Concert.

Congratulations to the 2024 Concerto Competition Winners:

1st place - Audrey Rickert, harp

2nd place - Ryan Dewick, cello

3rd place - Zaliah Kumaran, violin

4th place - Titus Morris, viola

Announcements regarding the next Concerto Competition will be announced in 2025!

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