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 program - to recognize excellence in music education in the Grand Strand.

Each year, based on nominations received, teachers are chosen from each education level (elementary, middle, and high school) to receive recognition and a gift basket from Long Bay Symphony and its partners. We are happy to partner with the Carolina Master Chorale for the second year to present awards to choral teachers as well. Anyone (students, staff members, community members, etc.) can submit a nomination!

Nominations for the 2023-2024 Music Teacher of the Year are now closed.
The winners will be announced during intermission of Appalachian Spring on April 21, 2024.

We'd like to thank our Presenting Sponsor for supporting this year's Music Teacher of the Year Awards:

           

Music Teacher of the Year Nomination Form

Teacher Name(Required)
Tell us why you'd like to nominate this teacher!

2022-2023
Music Teacher of the Year Winners

Elementary School 
Music Teacher of the Year

Jessica hand, lakewood elementary school
Congratulations to Jessica Hand! She is officially the 2022-2023 Long Bay Symphony Music Teacher of the Year at the elementary school level. Thank you, Jessica, for your dedication to your students and what you do for the Horry County Schools community.

Middle School Choral
Music Teacher of the Year

Lauren Willis, St. James Middle School
Congratulations to Lauren Willis from St. James Middle School! She is the 2022-2023 Long Bay Symphony Music Teacher of the Year winner for the middle school choral level! Thank you, Lauren, for your dedication to your students and what you do for the Horry County Schools community.

Middle School Instrumental
Music Teacher of the Year

April Troglauer, Aynor Middle School
Congratulations to April Troglauer from Aynor Middle School! She is the 2022-2023 Long Bay Symphony Music Teacher of the Year winner for the middle school instrumental level! Thank you, April, for your dedication to your students and what you do for the Horry County Schools community.

High School Choral
Music Teacher of the Year

Lindsay Link, North Myrtle Beach High School
Congratulations to Linsday Link from North Myrtle Beach High School! She is the 2022-2023 Long Bay Symphony Music Teacher of the Year winner for the high school choral level! Thank you, Lindsay, for your dedication to your students and what you do for the Horry County Schools community.

High School Instrumental
Music Teacher of the Year

Stephen Whisnant, Loris High School
Congratulations to Stephen Whisnant from Loris High School! He is the 2022-2023 Long Bay Symphony Music Teacher of the Year winner for the high school instrumental level! Thank you, Stephen, for your dedication to your students and what you do for the Horry County Schools community.
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