For the past 25 years the Long Bay Symphony in Myrtle Beach has not only provided a concert series for the “listening community” on the Grand Strand, but has also provided numerous education programs for the young people in Horry and Georgetown counties in South Carolina and Brunswick County, North Carolina.
As with symphony orchestras the world over, funding is a key factor in the quantity and quality of program offerings. At the Long Bay Symphony we provide only “the best.”
Our education programs include: Musicians in the Schools, which sends small groups of our professional musicians to reach our 5th graders; Young Peoples Concerts, which bring all the sixth graders to the concert hall for a concert with professional musicians; and the Musical Petting Zoo, which allows children of all ages to have a “hands on” experience of the sounds of the concert instruments.
Finally, our Long Bay Symphony Youth Orchestra is renowned in this area. This program follows the school calendar year with auditions, weekly rehearsals, four concerts and on occasion, a “side by side” concert with the Charleston Youth Orchestra.
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All of this, plus the Classical and Pops concerts for the regular season, which enhance the lives of those living and visiting on the Grand Strand. So please, ask tell our representatives: Do not cut funding to the National Endowment for the Arts.
The writer is past president of the Long Bay Symphony Guild.