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December, 20, 2024
01:45 PM - 02:45 PM




High School String Ensemble


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Christopher Selby

Performer Details

Performer Bio Synopsis

The School of the Arts Symphony Strings were a featured performing group at the Midwest Clinic in 2019 just months before the pandemic. The full symphony won the top award of Grand Champion at the 2016 ASTA National Orchestra Festival in Tampa, FL. The high school orchestra program currently has 74 string students total; they are divided into a lower-level Chamber Orchestra, and the School of the Arts Symphony, which has about 50 string students, plus woodwinds, brass and percussion. The symphony performs standard college/professional level string and full orchestra literature by composers like Tchaikovsky, Sibelius and Dvorak. They meet every other day (on B Days in their A/B block schedule), and students take a string technique class with Dr. Selby on A days. One of those string classes, known here as the School of the Arts Sinfonietta, won the top award of Grand Champion last year at the 2023 ASTA National Orchestra Festival in Orlando, FL.

Charleston School of the Arts Symphony String Orchestra

Conductor's Bio

Dr. Christopher Selby is the author of Habits of a Successful Orchestra Director, Music Theory for the Successful String Musician, and the lead string author of the Habits of a Successful String Musician method book series published by GIA. He is an active clinician and conductor, and has presented sessions at numerous Midwest Clinics, American String Teacher Association (ASTA) National Conferences, and state conferences across America. Dr. Selby currently directs the high school orchestras at the School of the Arts in Charleston, SC. His orchestras have performed at the Midwest Clinic and have twice won the top award of Grand Champion at ASTA’s National Orchestra Festival. Dr. Selby guest conducts Regional and All-State Orchestras across America. He earned a music education degree from the Hartt School of Music, and a Masters and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Orchestral Conducting from the University of South Carolina. He is proudly married to Margaret Selby, who is herself a rock-star string teacher, conductor and clinician. Their latest project with Sarah Ball and Scott Rush is the new beginning string method published by GIA: Habits of a Successful Young String Musician.