We are thrilled to introduce our newest youth program, the Long Bay Youth String Ensemble, which is a second youth orchestra offering within the Long Bay Symphony organization, directed by Mr. Chad Hammer, Orchestra Director at Ten Oaks Middle School and Cello Instructor at Coastal Carolina University.
Chad Hammer (cellist) is a musician and educator living in Sunset Beach, NC, who performs and teaches throughout the region. Originally from Greensboro, NC, he has been fortunate enough to live, learn, and work in a wide variety of places all over the country.
Chad received his Bachelors in Music Performance from the University of Nevada-Reno and his Masters in Music Performance from the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College in New York. He has held teaching positions in New York City, Portland, OR, and is currently the Orchestra Director at Ten Oaks Middle School in Myrtle Beach, SC and Cello Instructor at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC.
Professionally he has recorded with a wide range of artists and also released two albums with his own band, Lucinda Black Bear. Chad has performed with artists from all genres including Smokey Robinson, Natalie Cole, Ray Charles, Itzhak Perlman, and Luciano Pavarotti.
He is currently a cellist with the Long Bay Symphony, the Coastal Chamber Players, and performs regularly throughout the region.