Margaret Selby is the orchestra director at Laing Middle School in Charleston County after teaching in Lexington/Richland School District 5 for nine years. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and her Master’s degree in Music Performance from the University of South Carolina with Dr. Robert Jesselson. A native of Lexington, SC, Mrs. Selby began playing the cello in the fifth grade in her public school orchestra program. Mrs. Selby is an alumnus of the SC Governor’s School for the Arts, Brevard Music Center, and Southeastern Music Festival where she studied with Martha Gerschefski. She also was an instructor/counselor at the Cazadero Performing Arts Camp, CA, performing in the resident string quartet. She has performed with the South Carolina Philharmonic, the Charleston Symphony, and regularly as a freelance cellist.
Mrs. Selby’s orchestras have participated in the SCMEA Orchestra Festival and other festivals in the southeast, earning superior ratings. She is the conductor for the Charleston County District Honors Orchestra. She has been a guest conductor for the 2012 Spartanburg Junior Region Orchestra , the 2011 Lowcountry Junior Region Orchestra, USC String Project summer camp, a clinician at the USC String Workshop, and cello sectional clinician for the Midlands Region Orchestra and SC All-State Orchestra. Mrs. Selby was a co-presenter at the 2012 ASTA National Conference in Atlanta, Ga. She is the 2013-15 President-Elect for the South Carolina Music Educators Association Orchestra Division and is a former Secretary/Treasurer for the American String Teacher Association of South Carolina. She is a registered Suzuki cello teacher, and maintains a full private studio. Mrs. Selby lives in Mt. Pleasant, SC with her husband, Chris, and their children, Alex and Kate. She enjoys running and is an avid Atlanta Braves baseball fan.