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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CCO History

The Columbia Community Orchestra (CCO) launched their premier season in the Fall of 2005. The CCO was organized by members of the Benedict College Community Orchestra when Benedict College discontinued its orchestra program. David Ezell, who had conducted the Benedict College Community Orchestra, served as the Columbia Community Orchestra's founding conductor.  

The orchestra's goal is to provide "great music in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere for musicians and music lovers of all ages!" CCO members participate for the joy of making music, and they share in the orchestra's governance and policy making. It is an exemplary model of life-long learning through the arts. The concluding concert of its premier season featured this adult orchestra accompanying area Suzuki students as young as 5 years of age.

Concerts are free to the public, and contributions are welcome to help meet the expenses of a volunteer community orchestra. 

Picture of two guest soloists from the CCO's first season.
Pictured above are Timm Baker, violinist (student at Eastman School of Music), and Taliaferro Nash, violist (student at the Juillard School), playing the Sinfonie Concertante by Mozart as featured soloists with the Columbia Community Orchestra during our concert celebrating Mozart's 250th birthday.

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