LONG BAY YOUTH SYMPHONY AUDITIONS

Joining Our Program

Both of our youth programs offer the opportunity to practice and perform under professional direction and receive instruction from the finest classical musicians that the Grand Strand has to offer. The requirements for joining each group are different and are listed below.
HOW TO JOIN

Long Bay 
Youth Syphony

To join, students must audition. Those who are selected to perform with the Long Bay Youth Symphony are introduced to an advanced level of orchestra literature and placed in an environment that expects and fosters dedication, concentration, and leadership. The Long Bay Youth Symphony rehearses on Tuesday nights from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Trinity Church.
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Long Bay Youth 
String Ensemble

The Long Bay Youth String Ensemble is open to all student string players with a year or more experience on their instrument. Auditions are NOT required for participation, however, students must make a commitment to attend rehearsals and maintain a positive attitude towards learning. The Long Bay Youth String Ensemble meets Sunday afternoons from 3-5 p.m. at Myrtle Beach High School. 
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LBYS Audition Process

Auditioning for the Long Bay Youth Symphony consists of these steps:

Live string auditions will be held on Tuesday, September 7 and Thursday, September 9 at Trinity Church.

Audition Requirements (Prepare the following):

  • audition excerpts
  • major scales (G, D, A, F, Bb, Eb)
  • solo of your choice showing contrasting section; state region solos will suffice
  • sight-reading
Registration Instructions

Strings

Participants must perform the excerpt corresponding to their instrument below:

Winds & Brass

  • Participants must perform a brief solo, the performance of a part of a solo or etude that is approximately 3 minutes in length.  
  • All-Region solo excerpts will be acceptable for this audition.

Percussion

  • Participants must prepare 2 brief solos/etudes. One on snare drum and another one on mallets.
  • All-County/All-Region solo excerpts will be acceptable for this audition.
  • If you have timpani experience, please include a timpani etude/solo as well.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What You Need to Know

Ready to become part of one of our youth programs? Here’s everything you need to know:

Do I have to audition to be in a youth program?

To be in the Long Bay Youth Symphony, participants must register and audition for the program.

However, auditions are NOT required for participation in the Long Bay Youth String Ensemble. To join the LBYSE students must make a commitment to attend rehearsals and maintain a positive attitude towards learning.  Membership will be open to all student string players with a year or more experience on their instrument. A strong focus will be placed on technique, string repertoire, musicianship, and ensemble performance skills.

We encourage all interested students to contact LBYSE manager Deanne Renshaw at [email protected] for more information!

Who can be in the youth programs?

The Long Bay Youth Symphony is open to players of all orchestral instruments, from 7th graders to college undergraduates (some exceptions to this may be granted, at the discretion of the director). There are only limited positions available for woodwinds, brass, and percussion. All members must re-audition each year.

How will I know if I made it?

Candidates will be notified of their acceptance status via email as soon as possible following their audition, but no later than the end of the week. Rehearsal attendance is mandatory, so mark your calendars now!

Who should I contact with other questions?

Please contact Youth Orchestra Manager, Stephen Hand, at [email protected] for more information if you are interested in joining our group or feel free to call or visit our office between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Long Bay Youth Symphony
1107 48th Avenue North, Suite 310-E, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(o) 843- 448-8379
(f) 843-946-9897

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