Orchestra Director


Dr. Christopher Selby has been the Director of High School Orchestras at the Charleston School of the Arts since 2012. At SOA his orchestras have performed at the 2019 Midwest Clinic, and they won the ASTA National Orchestra Festival’s top award of Grand Champion in the competitive public school division in 2023 and also 2016. 


Dr. Selby is also the author of Habits of a Successful Orchestra Director, Music Theory for the Successful String Musician, and co-author of the Habits of a Successful String Musician series, a collection of string method books for middle and upper-level orchestras published by GIA. Dr. Selby regularly guest conducts Regional and All-State Orchestras across America. He is also an active clinician and has presented sessions at numerous state and national conferences . 


Dr. Selby earned a music education degree from the Hartt School of Music in Connecticut, and a Masters and Doctorate in Orchestral Conducting from the University of South Carolina. His teaching career began in Fairfax County, VA in 1992. From 2001 to 2012, Dr. Selby was the Orchestra Coordinator in Richland School District Two (Columbia, SC) where he taught high school and supervised the district’s orchestra curriculum and instruction. In 2012 he moved to Charleston to teach full time in the classroom in his current position at the Charleston County School of the Arts.


Email: christopher_selby@charleston.k12.sc.us