Dr. Charles Jones Evans
In his twenty-third 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.
Nyamka Odsuren’s conducting has been hailed by the Philadelphia Inquirer as having “clarity and authority.” Recent highlights include guest conducting USC Dance’s 13th Annual Ballet Stars of New York Gala Performance. Nyamka has worked with the Philadelphia Orchestra (Asia Tour 2017), the Long Bay Symphony Orchestra, the Mongolian State Philharmonic, University of South Carolina Symphony Orchestra and, East Carolina University Symphony Orchestra. Nyamka currently serves as Assistant Conductor of the Long Bay Symphony and Conductor of the Long Bay Youth Symphony in Myrtle Beach, SC; and is finishing his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Orchestral Conducting at the University of South Carolina.
Nyamka is from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia - where he studied violin since age 6. A prize winner of the National Youth Strings Competition, he represented Mongolia at music festivals in Istanbul, Moscow, and Tianjin at an early age. He has given tour concerts in Austria and Slovenia while attending the United World College of the Adriatic as a Music Scholar in Duino, Italy before coming to the United States as a recipient of the UWC Davis Scholarship. He holds a Master of Music degree from East Carolina University, where he worked with Ara Gregorian and Dr. Jorge Richter.
Youth Orchestra Manager
Over the past four years, Stephen Hand has immersed himself in the music culture of the Grand Strand both as a performer and as a clinician and educator. Currently, Stephen serves as the Worship Pastor at Ocean View Baptist Church as he oversees the growing and vibrant worship ministry spanning multiple generations through three services. Aside from his duties at Ocean View, Stephen is a member of the trumpet section of the Long Bay Symphony, brass instructor for Carolina Forest High School, and former director of Festive Brass of Myrtle Beach. He holds a busy private teaching studio. Mr. Hand received his bachelors degree in Trumpet performance from Cedarville University (OH) with continuing graduate study at Boston University. His primary trumpet teachers include Charles Pagnard, principal trumpet of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, and Terry Everson, international trumpet soloist and principal trumpet of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra. Stephen is married to Jessica, an accomplished music teacher and flautist, and they both have four children.