Mr. Richard Ney is the the orchestra director of the Ephrata High School and Middle School Orchestras. Richard graduated from Temple University's Esther Boyer College of Music with a double degree in Viola Performance and Music Education. In 2001, Mr. completed his Master's of Music degree in Viola Performance from West Chester University. In addition to teaching at Ephrata, Richard performs in the viola section of the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra and also with Allegro: The Chamber Orchestra of Lancaster. Richard also freelances as a violist in the south-central Pennsylvania region. As a conductor, Mr. Ney is the former conductor of the Reading Symphony Junior String Orchestra. He held this position for 11 years and was the first conductor of the ensemble, which had its first season in 1998-99. Mr. Ney has served as conductor for PMEA and LLMEA Orchestra Festivals and is the former Adjunct Professor of Violin and Viola at Elizabethtown College. During the summer, Mr. Ney is director of the Strings Excell Camp held at Elizabethtown College, where he conducts the orchestra and oversees the camp. Mr. Ney lives in Lebanon, PA with his wife Debra, and children Madeleine, Ryan and Andrew. Mr. Ney's interests include traveling, learning foreign languages (French and Spanish), cooking and of course music.