Long Bay Symphony

Meet The Musicians

The Grand Strand’s only professional orchestra has more than 70 members who perform each time The Long Bay Symphony takes the stage. Spanning a wide range of symphonic and orchestral instruments, these talented folks put their heart and soul into making musical magic for fans of all ages. It’s these musicians’ hard work and dedication that makes an evening with LBS an experience like no other.

About Our Conductor

Dr. Charles Jones Evans

In his 24th season as Music Director/Conductor of the Long Bay Symphony, Dr. Evans has established an impressive standard of excellence for both the LBS and the Long Bay Youth Symphony.

He brings a wealth of musical experience to the area, having held conducting positions with numerous professional orchestras and music festivals across the country. As guest conductor, he has been featured on the podium with organizations such as the Richmond (VA), North Carolina, Virginia and Arkansas Symphonies and the Memphis Ballet, as well as ensembles in Boston, Cleveland, Dallas,
Spokane, Santa Barbara and other cities throughout the U.S.

In Europe, he has made guest appearances with the Oradea and Giurgiu Philharmonic Orchestras of Romania, as well as orchestras in Bucharest. His orchestral performances have been broadcast frequently on National Public Radio.

Evans’ conducting training has included a fellowship under eminent American composer/conductor Gunther Schuller at the Festival at Sandpoint as well as a fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival. He has also studied under Leonard Slatkin, David Zinman, Boris Goldovsky, and David Effron.

Evans holds a B.M. degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, a M.M. from Southern Methodist University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music.