Fostering Musical Education

A big part of our mission at The Long Bay Symphony is to educate patrons of all ages about the arts. At the top of our core values as an organization is the desire to develop intellectual and creative capital, which fosters educational excellence for our children and youth. We work cooperatively with organizations throughout the area in several ways to achieve these goals.

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Scholarships & Grants

In an effort to support music education, we offer two needs-based financial scholarships for talented members of our youth programs.  These financial awards may be used for furthering the musical training of the recipients, instrument maintenance and repair, or other musical endeavors. Interested students should complete and submit the applications found below.


Toby Evans Memorial Youth Orchestra Scholarship

The Toby Evans Memorial Youth Orchestra Scholarship is open to all members of the Long Bay Youth Symphony and the Long Bay Youth String Ensemble. This scholarship may only be used for summer music camps or other similar programs. Deadline for submission is one month prior to need, no later than May 1st of each year.
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Instrument assistance

Marilyn Grigas Memorial Scholarship

Named after longtime music teacher and former Long Bay Symphony Guild President, the Marilyn Grigas Memorial Scholarship is open to all members of our youth programs. This scholarship is a financial-needs based award that may be used to cover instrument repair and maintenance, instrument rental or purchase, or other special projects for youth orchestra students. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
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Tuition assistance

Kasia Worrell Tuition Scholarship

A grant is available to those who require financial assistance and are qualified, willing, and able to assist with orchestra setup and teardown at weekly rehearsals and performances. Duties such as sorting music and other related tasks may be assigned as needed. Qualified students work in lieu of paying LBYS or LBYSE tuition. Application must be turned in by the tuition due date.
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Musicians in the School

Our Musicians in the Schools program provides students the opportunity to learn about and interact with professional musicians. Long Bay Symphony musicians visit local classrooms at all educational levels throughout the year, during which they perform for students and talk about the life of a professional musician, along with providing workshops and/or masterclasses for the higher education levels with established orchestral programs.

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Music Teacher of the Year

We believe that the key to growing the community’s love for the arts and music starts with the youth and the important influence of today’s teachers. That's why we created The Long Bay Symphony Music Teacher of the Year Award: to recognize excellence in music education in the Grand Strand. Each year, one teacher from Horry County is chosen from each education level (elementary, middle, and high school) to receive recognition and a gift basket from the Long Bay Symphony and our partners.

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Young People's Concert

Each year, the Long Bay Symphony presents a concert to nearly 2,000 elementary students in Horry and Georgetown counties. These concerts supplement the public school curriculum and introduce students to the symphony orchestra. A concert curriculum highlighting unique aspects of the program is provided to teachers, enhancing the student’s musical experience.

Boys & Girls Club Summer Introductory Violin Camp

We provide 8-week beginner group violin lessons with a LBS musician to students at the Boys & Girls Club of the Grand Strand as an option for their summer programs. Students are outfitted with their own violin for the program which they can keep after completion.

This program is open to all grade levels, with a focus on 4th and 5th grade students, in order to encourage students to join their school’s orchestra program in middle school and instill a love and appreciation of music of all kinds.

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