Dr. Charles Jones Evans
In his twenty-second season as Music Director/ Conductor of the Long Bay Symphony, Dr. Charles Jones Evans continues to deliver an exceptional standard of performances and imaginative programming. Evans brings a wealth of musical experience to the area, having held conducting positions with professional orchestras and music festivals throughout the United States including the Pine Bluff Symphony (AR), Eastern Philharmonic (Greensboro, NC), Memphis Symphony, Mississippi Symphony, and the Eastman Philharmonia (Rochester, NY). As guest conductor he has been featured on the podium of the Richmond Symphony (VA), North Carolina Symphony, Virginia Symphony, Arkansas Symphony, the Memphis Ballet, and additional ensembles in Boston, Cleveland, Dallas, Spokane, and Santa Barbara. In Europe, Evans has made guest appearances with the Oradea and Giurgiu Philharmonic Orchestras of Romania and has worked with Conservatory orchestras in Bucharest and other cities. Maestro Evans’ orchestral performances are frequently broadcast on National Public Radio.
Youth Orchestra Manager
Alex Fisher has performed at the Wells Fargo Blumey Awards in Charlotte, as well as with many acclaimed ensembles including the Asheville Symphony, North Carolina Brass Band, Western Piedmont Symphony, Summer Theatre of Charlotte, Children's Theatre of Charlotte, Camp of the Woods Resort Orchestra (NY), Salisbury Symphony, the Domaine Forget Brass Choir (Quebec), and many others. As a recording musician, he can be heard on recordings for Hinshaw Music. He was also on the world premiere performance run for the musical Ella's Big Chance: A Jazz Age Cinderella. Mr. Fisher had the honor to perform with the UNC Charlotte Wind Ensemble as a featured soloist in 2011 and for the opening ceremonies of the BB&T Ballpark for the Charlotte Knights in 2014. Mr. Fisher also performed with the North Carolina Brass Band as part of their "First in Flight" CD release concert series. He holds a Master of Music degree from UNC Greensboro where he studied with Mark Clodfelter and a Bachelor of Music from UNC Charlotte where he studied with Chris Fensom.