In his thirteenth season as Music Director/Conductor, Maestro Charles Jones Evans has established an impressive standard of excellence for the Long Bay Smyphony. 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 across 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. Maestro Evans' 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 Goldovskyk, 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.
In addition to his activities with the Long Bay Symphony and the LBS Youth Orchestra (which he also directs), Maestro Evans serves as Music Director the Pine Bluff (AR) Symphony Orchestra.