Columbia Community Orchestra

Columbia, South Carolina

David Ezell - Artistic Director and Founding Conductor

Dorian Neuendorf - Principal Conductor

Hannah Schendel - Associate Conductor


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About the Conductors

David Ezell - Artistic Director and Founding Conductor

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David Ezell taught orchestra in public schools for 35 years, before founding the Benedict College Community Orchestra in 2002, which Benedict sponsored until 2005. At that point community members of that orchestra decided to continue the orchestra as an independent organization, and thus the Columbia Community Orchestra was born. Ezell served as founding conductor of CCO until 2011 and continues as Artistic Director. He also has served as Director of Music at Unity Church of Columbia since 1990. Ezell has a degree in Music Education from Converse College and a Masters in Composition from the University of South Carolina.

Dorian Neuendorf - Principal Conductor

Dorian Neuendorf is currently pursuing her Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting at the University of South Carolina. She has participated in several conducting workshops, and has appeared conducting several groups — the University of South Carolina Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland State University Chamber Orchestra,  Nanchang Philharmonic, St. Michel Strings, and our Columbia  Community Orchestra. Dorian earned her Bachelor of Music in composition and bassoon performance from Cleveland State University.

David Ezell - Associate Conductor

Hannah Schendel, from Minnesota, earned her Bachelor of Arts cum laude from the University of Minnesota where she studied violin and pre-med. Currently she is a graduate student in Orchestral Conducting at South Carolina. Hannah actively works with both orchestras and choirs. A  Conducting Fellow at the Conductors Institute of South Carolina, she attended Baltimore Chamber Orchestra’s Summer Conducting Seminar and the Conductor’s Retreat at Medomak. Besides conducting, Hanna is an organist, pianist, and chamber music coach.

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