Symphony Support

Volunteers & Annual Pledge

In addition to providing a consistent, dedicated small army of volunteers to support the Richmond Symphony, the RSL makes an annual financial pledge to the Richmond Symphony. Typically, this contribution to the Symphony’s annual fund for operating expenses is $75,000 to $150,000. The RSL fundraising events and direct donations are the primary source for this revenue with the biennial Designer House accounting for a significant portion of all funds raised. In addition to this direct donation to the Richmond Symphony, the RSL contributes directly to the Youth Orchestra of the Richmond Symphony and sponsors concerts throughout the year.

Endowment Chair

The RSL has endowed $100,000 to the Symphony Endowment Fund to support the salary of the Assistant Principal Cello musician. These funds are invested and each year the investment profit is transferred to the operating fund of the Symphony for this use. Mr. Jason McComb has been the Assistant Principal Cellist of the Richmond Symphony since 2002. Having received his early musical training in his native Portland, Oregon, Mr. McComb earned a Bachelor of Music from The Juilliard School where he studied with Joel Krosnick and Zara Nelsova. He then went on to study with Bonnie Hampton at The San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he received a Master of Music in both cello and chamber music. Mr. McComb has participated in many festivals including Aspen, Musicorda, Kent/Blossom, Banff and Tanglewood, where he was awarded two prizes for outstanding cellist. Among numerous chamber music performances are ones with Joel Krosnick, Donald Weilerstein, Mischa Amory, Ian Swensen, William Preucil and the Miami String Quartet. He has been a member of Orchestra London Canada, and has served on the faculty of Brandon University in Canada. A very active teacher, Mr. McComb has a private studio and is on the faculties of the University of Richmond, Randolph Macon, and Virginia Commonwealth University. In 2009 Mr. McComb performed the Dvorak Cello Concerto with conductor, Keith Lockhardt. He is a founding member of the Atlantic Chamber Ensemble. Mr. McComb lives in Richmond with his wife, cellist Dana McComb, and his three sons.

Loan Fund

Through the Emma Gray Trigg Loan Fund, the RSL provides very low interest financial assistance to members of the Richmond Symphony for the purchase of or repair of new or used instruments. The maximum loan of $5,000 is repayable. Applications are accepted and reviewed by the RSL Finance Committee.



Through the Emma Gray Scholarship Endowment, the RSL provides an opportunity for direct monetary assistance to Richmond Symphony musicians for the enhancement of their music education. This endowment helps fund musicians who wish to improve their performance skills. Musicians may apply for grants for master classes or to attend instrumental workshops or seminars. Scholarships are awarded twice a year.


Your gift to the Richmond Symphony League, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is tax deductible and helps provide the funding needed to support performances and programs of the Richmond Symphony. Please email if you have any questions about making a contribution including a corporate donation, stock transfers or an employer match program. For online donations via PayPal click here:

Richmond Symphony League Federal Tax ID: 52-1328000.


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