Habits of a Successful Orchestra Director

Habits of a Successful Orchestra Director

Christopher Selby


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Christopher Selby and his team have created a resource that is rich with practical strategies for developing a successful orchestra program. This book will inspire young and veteran orchestra directors looking for fresh ideas about teaching orchestra students of all ages to:

Perform with refined intonation, expressive musicianship, and a beautiful toneDevelop advanced performance technique, rhythmic precision, and ensemble skillsSight-read better, rehearse more efficiently in class, and practice better at homeBecome orchestra leaders and take greater pride and ownership in your ensemble

Additional sections address rehearsal strategies, classroom policies, long-range planning, assessment, tips for building an orchestra program, and suggestions for communicating with parents and principals to better support the orchestra.


Christopher Selby:
Christopher Selby is the Director of Orchestras at the Charleston County School of the Arts in Charleston, South Carolina. Dr. Selby earned his music education degree from the Hartt School of Music in Connecticut, and his master's and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in orchestral conducting from the University of South Carolina. He is 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. Scott Rush is the Senior Editor and team lead for the Habits series published by GIA and is the former Director of Bands at Wando High School in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. He is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music and currently serves as conductor of the Charleston Wind Symphony. Mr. Rush is active as a conductor, clinician, and adjudicator throughout the United States and Canada. He is the author and co-author of fourteen highly touted books published by GIA. In 2010, Mr. Rush was elected to the prestigious American Bandmasters Association.