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December, 19, 2022
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM




Building a Healthy School Orchestra Program: Recruiting, Retention, and Creating a Culture of Success

Clinic Synopsis:

If you build it, they will come! The pandemic has affected all of our orchestra programs. This is the perfect opportunity to have a fresh start and make your program stronger than ever before. Come get some new ideas about how to attract students, keep them, and create a culture of success.

Margaret Selby - Biographical Information

Margaret Selby is the orchestra director and 2020-21 Teacher of the Year at Laing Middle School in Charleston, SC where she grew the program from 42 to over 200 students in five years.  She was the 2022 Featured Clinician for the Orchestra Division of the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) and is a contributing author of Rehearsing the Middle School Orchestra, published by Meredith Music and distributed by GIA.  She has conducted the West Virginia Junior All-State Orchestra and multiple regional orchestras across the southeast, and has adjudicated orchestras in Las Vegas and South Carolina.  Mrs. Selby has presented sessions for the Texas Orchestra Directors Association (TODA), the South Carolina Music Educators Association (SCMEA), co-presented at the ASTA National Conference (2012, 2020, 2021) and was a panelist at the 2019 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago.  She served as the President for the SCMEA Orchestra Division and is currently the SCMEA Orchestra Division Region 4 Representative.  Mrs. Selby is the 2017-18 String Educator of the Year awarded by Southern String Supply.  She earned degrees in Music Education and Cello Performance from the University of South Carolina, studying under Dr. Robert Jesselson.  She has performed with the South Carolina Philharmonic, the Charleston Symphony, and regularly as a freelance cellist.  She is also a registered Suzuki cello teacher.  Mrs. Selby lives in Mt. Pleasant, SC with her husband and their two crazy teenagers.  She enjoys running and sampling Charleston’s many amazing restaurants.