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Dr. Christopher Selby is an active clinician, speaker, adjudicator and conductor. He is the author of the book, Habits of a Successful Orchestra Director, and is the co-author of two string methods for middle and upper level orchestras published by GIA: Habits of a Successful String Musician and Habits of a Successful Middle Level String Musician. Dr. Selby currently directs the School of the Arts High School Symphony and Chamber Orchestras in Charleston, SC where he recently led the SOA Symphony to winning the Award of National Grand Champion of the Public School Orchestra Division of the 2016 National Orchestra Festival at the national conference of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) in Tampa, Florida. He earned his Masters and Doctorate of Musical Arts degrees in Orchestral Conducting from the University of South Carolina, and a Music Education degree from the Hartt School of Music in Connecticut. He earned his National Board Certification in the area of Early Adolescent and Young Adult Music in 2002 and 2012. 

Dr. Selby regularly presents clinics on teaching orchestra. Most recently he was the featured headliner at the Texas Orchestra Directors Association (TODA) 2018 Summer Conference and the 2017 National Conference for the National Association for Music Education. He has also presented sessions at the Midwest Clinic, four National Conferences for the American String Teacher Association (ASTA), the Birch Bay String Teacher Workshop in Washington, and at the state conferences in Florida, Pennsylvania, Texas, Ohio, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Ontario, Virginia, and Georgia. He co-authored the 2010 SC Performance Standards for Instrumental Music, and has published articles in ASTA’s American String Teacher. A recipient of the 2009 South Carolina ASTA Orchestra Teacher of the Year, Dr. Selby has conducted All-State Orchestras in South Carolina and Georgia, and numerous regional honor orchestras in the area. Before moving to Charleston, Dr. Selby was the Orchestra Coordinator in Richland School District Two where he taught orchestra and supervised string orchestra curriculum and instruction in all of the orchestra programs across the school district. 

Dr. Selby has served as a leader in multiple roles. Currently he is serving his second term as the President of the Orchestra Division of the SC Music Educators Association. He also serves on the Council for Orchestral Education for the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), and from 2012-2014 he served as Chair of the ASTA Committee on School Orchestras and Strings. From 2011-2013 he served as President of the South Carolina Music Educators Association (SCMEA) Executive Board, overseeing the Band, Orchestra, Choral, Elementary, Higher Ed and Piano Divisions. He was President of the Orchestra Division from 2007 to 2009 where he led this organization through the restructuring of their Region and All-State Orchestras, and improved the clarity and rigor in the evaluation process at Concert Festival and Solo and Ensemble Festivals.

Dr. Selby lives in Mount Pleasant, SC with his 
children, Alex and Kate, and his lovely wife, Margaret, who teaches orchestra at Laing Middle School, is a Past President of the SCMEA Orchestra Division, and who regularly conducts Region and Honors Orchestras throughout North and South Carolina.