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Mr. Will Selle

Will Selle is the conductor and orchestra director at Watauga High School, and teaches band and orchestra at Hardin Park Middle School in Boone NC.  His work as director of the WHS Orchestras has strengthened the program in numbers and depth, and his ensembles have received numerous superior ratings at state performance adjudication. Selle is an adjunct music education professor at Appalachian State University, and is also active as a guest conductor and clinician with school and community groups in North Carolina.  Selle served as the interim conductor of the Asheville Symphony Youth Orchestra in the spring of 2016, and also led the Appalachian Symphony Orchestra during their 2015-2016 season.  In addition to conducting, Selle is a violinist and horn player, and frequently performs with the Western Piedmont Symphony, the Kingsport Symphony of the Mountains, and the Appalachian Philharmonia.  Selle is a graduate of UNC-Greensboro, where he received his BM in Instrumental Music Education.  Selle also holds a Master’s Degree in Instrumental Conducting.  He has studied violin with Nancy Bargerstock, John Fadial, Margery Bagley, Paul Statsky, and Dorothy Bennett.  Selle has studied conducting with Chung Park, Robert Gutter, Rebecca Macleod, and James Allen Anderson. When not active in music and conducting, Mr. Selle enjoys whitewater kayaking, sailing, and cycling with his wife Erin.

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Taryn Wooten

 Miss Wooten is currently in her 12th year of teaching and in her 4th year as Director of Bands at Watauga High School. Her duties as band director include instructing the WHS Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, and Jazz Band. In addition to her band duties, Miss Wooten also teaches a percussion class, AP Music Theory, and co-teaches the WHS Pioneer Symphony.

 Miss Wooten graduated Magna cum Laude from the Mariam Cannon Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Instrumental Music Education. During her time at the HSOM, Miss Wooten performed in many ensembles, including the ASU Marching Mountaineers, ASU Wind Ensemble, Symphonic, and Concert Bands, Appalachian Symphony Orchestra, the Steely Pan Steel Band, Percussion Ensemble, Mid-East Ensemble, and Horn Choir. While at ASU, she studied percussion with Dr. Shawn Roberts, Dr. Robert Falvo, and Mr. Rick Dilling, studied horn with Dr. Karen Robertson, and studied conducting with Dr. John Ross and Dr. Scott Tobias.

 In addition to teaching at Watauga High School, she is also a counselor for Cannon Music Camp, a three-week music-filled summer music retreat hosted on the campus of ASU. Her professional affiliations include: the National Association for Music Education, North Carolina Bandmasters Association, North Carolina Association of Educators, and Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity. In her free time, Miss Wooten plays horn with the Watauga Community Band and in her brass quintet (the Blew Ridge Brass), rings with the Boone First Baptist Church handbells group, and enjoys running, cooking, and hanging out with her cats, Idgie and Ruth.