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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Join Our Youth Performers

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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Youth String Ensemble

Long Bay Symphony now 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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Scholarships & 

Long Bay Symphony offers a variety of scholarships and other educational opportunities for youth performers. Come see what's available for your budding musician. 
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Enhancing Musical 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.

Stephen Hand


Over the past several years, Stephen Hand has immersed himself in the music culture of the Grand Strand both as a performer and as a clinician and educator.

His musical training has been used in various settings from church worship, to the stage, and even to the screen. Stephen is a member of the trumpet section of the Long Bay Symphony, brass instructor for Carolina Forest High School, and former director of Festive Brass of Myrtle Beach.

He holds a busy private teaching studio.

Mr. Hand received his bachelors degree in Trumpet performance from Cedarville University (OH) with continuing graduate study at Boston University. His primary trumpet teachers include Charles Pagnard, principal trumpet of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, and Terry Everson, international trumpet soloist and principal trumpet of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra.

Stephen is married to Jessica, an accomplished music teacher and flautist, and they both have four children. Aside from playing and teaching trumpet, Stephen is a licensed REALTOR® with RE/MAX Southern Shores.


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 2023 Concerto Competition Winners:

1st Place – Jason Tomlin, cello

2nd Place – Christian Miller, marimba 

3rd Place – Bruno D’Ipolito, horn

4th Place – Zaliah Kumaran, violin 

Announcements regarding the next Concerto Competition will be announced in 2024!

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