Richmond Philharmonic, Inc.
8100 Three Chopt Road
Suite 209
Richmond VA 23229
Mission Statement The mission of the Richmond Philharmonic is to promote the art and appreciation of classical orchestral music for audiences of all ages and backgrounds while providing musicians in the Richmond community with the opportunity to display and develop their talents for performance and enjoyment of orchestral music.
CEO/Executive Director David L. Davis
Board Chair David L. Davis
Board Chair Company Affiliation President
Contact Information
Address 8100 Three Chopt Road
Suite 209
Richmond, VA 23229
Telephone 804 673-7400
Fax 804 673-7470
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1980
Former Names
The Richmond Community Orchestra1990
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $30,000.00
Projected Expenses $30,000.00
Mission The mission of the Richmond Philharmonic is to promote the art and appreciation of classical orchestral music for audiences of all ages and backgrounds while providing musicians in the Richmond community with the opportunity to display and develop their talents for performance and enjoyment of orchestral music.
Over the past year, the Richmond Philharmonic Orchestra has worked to increase its operational capacity by changing its venue and developing its organizational structure. 
Three major accomplishments include: 
  1. The Richmond Philharmonic Orchestra now regularly performs at The Collegiate Schools in Henrico County. The new venue has provided a more convenient location for our audience as well as ample parking. The latter benefitting both our members as well as our audience.
  2. As a consequence of its new venue, the RPO's concert attendance has improved and revenues have increased. We've also added a post-concert reception (funded by member donations) to facilitate audience engagement.
  3. The RPO has created three groups of volunteers to assist with managing and growing the orchestra. These groups are:
    • RPO Concert Ambassadors, who share their enthusiasm for the RPO by greeting concertgoers, collecting tickets, distributing programs and assisting with other front-of-house duties.
    • RPO Crescendo members want everyone to hear about the RPO! These volunteers seek and act on opportunities to promote the orchestra online, in print and through any other available media or event. 
    • Conductor's Circle members work closely with the Board and Treasurer to focus on fundraising, endowment gifts from individuals or corporations, and grant opportunities.

The Richmond Philharmonic Orchestra’s most pressing needs for the coming year are:

  1. Our new performance venue costs substantially more than the previous location. We need an additional $3000 per season to cover the cost of a dress rehearsal in the performance space.
  2. Grow our volunteer teams - Shifting administrative functions away from the musicians will allow more time for them to focus on improving the quality of our performances while giving non-performers the opportunity to engage their appreciation for music and the performing arts.
  3. Improve online visibility - the RPO needs funds to increase its Search Engine Optimization scores in order to raise community awareness and, in turn, increase revenue.
  4. Internally, we need to formalize our member onboarding procedure. Clarifying the relationship between members and the organization will help to prevent confusion regarding performance opportunities and more clearly communicate the needs of the organization to the greater membership.
  5. General operating funds 
  6. Increasing our identity throughout the community with improved marketing strategies and publicity.

The Philharmonic, one of a handful of member-run orchestras in America, has been presenting concerts to Richmond audiences for nearly four decades.

The orchestra was organized in 1972 by Milton Cherry, professor of music at Virginia Commonwealth University, and Cornelia Henderson, violinist, concert-mistress and first president, as The Richmond Community Symphony Orchestra which was shortened to The Richmond Community Orchestra when the organization incorporated. In 1989 the name was officially changed to the Richmond Philharmonic, Inc.
The orchestra season consists of five public concerts, typically performed between late October and mid-June, in the W. E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University and in other locations around Richmond and Central Virginia. 
The orchestra is managed by officers and directors elected by the members at the Annual Meeting of the Corporation. The officers and directors are charged with the responsibility of managing and directing the affairs of the organization. Music Directors are chosen by vote of the membership.
Board Chair Statement

The operation goals for the next two years is to improve (1) branding, (2) identity within the community, (3) marketing, and (4) publicity.  The outcomes expected to be realized from these goals is an increase in audience attendance, and increase in corporate sponsorships and grant funding, without an increase in ticket prices.

Areas of Service
Areas Served
Metro Richmond
Richmond, City
Board Chair
Board Chair David L. Davis
Company Affiliation President
Term July 2016 to June 2018
Board of Directors
Board Members
Meg Burley The Traveler's Group
E. Thomas Carson E. Thomas Carson, CPA
John Creger BeaverTraks Audio/Video
David L. Davis Director, DEQ Office of Wetlands & Stream Protection
Gretchen Georgas Community Volunteer
Katrina Goodwin United Network for Organ Sharing
Jane C. Kiser Pharmacist, Henrico Doctors Hospital Parham
Angela Lehman Virginia Commonwealth University
Jack Price Freelance Copywriter
John Turner Musician
Peter Wilson Musician, U.S. Marine Corps Band "The President's Own"
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 5
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 90
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director David L. Davis
Experience Mr. Davis entered his second, non-consecutive term as CEO/Board President of the Richmond Philharmonic.  Other past experience includes elected offices (president and treasurer) of the Association of State Wetland Managers; appointments to the Virginia Board of Soil Scientists and Wetland Professionals by former Va. Governors Mark Warner and Tim Kaine; and appointment by  National President as a regional alumni advisor for Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity
Former CEOs
Durwood Felton July 2010 - June 2016
Senior Staff
Peter Wilson Music Director
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 70
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan? Under Development

Sunday, November 6, 2016; 4:00 p.m. 

Hershey School of the Arts

The Collegiate School

103 North Mooreland Road

Henrico, Virginia 23229


Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 104 in D Major (“London” Symphony No. 12)

Antonin Dvořák: Symphony No. 7 in D Minor, Op. 70

Population Served Families
Budget $6,400.00

Monday, December 5, 2016; 7:00 p.m. 

Atrium at The James Center

1021 East Cary Street

Richmond, Virginia 23219

Program: A selection of traditional holiday favorites for the entire family

Population Served Families
Budget $6,400.00

Sunday, March 19, 2017; 4:00 p.m. — in honor of National Women's Month

Cramer Center for the Arts

The Steward School

11600 Gayton Road

Henrico, Virginia 23238


Joan Tower: “Made in America” (2004)

Elena Ruehr: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra*

Irina Muresanu, soloist

* World premiere

Amy Beach: Symphony No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 32 “Gaelic”

Population Served Families
Budget $6,400.00

Sunday, May 7, 2017; 4:00 p.m. 

Hershey School of the Arts

The Collegiate School

103 North Mooreland Road

Henrico, Virginia 23229


Felix Mendelssohn: The Hebrides, Op. 26 (“Fingal’s Cave” Overture)

Robert Schumann: “Konzertstück” for 4 Horns and Orchestra in F Major, Op. 86

Thomas Jöstlein, James Ferree, George Harple, and Merry Beth Hall, soloists

Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68

Population Served Families
Budget $6,400.00

Sunday, June 18, 2017; 6:00 p.m.

Sunday Park at Brandermill

4602 Millridge Parkway

Midlothian, Virginia 23112

Program: A selection of pop, patriotic, Broadway, and light classical favorites
CEO/ED/Board Comments
This season, the Richmond Philharmonic is thrilled to present the World Premiere of Concerto for Violin and Orchestra.  This is a new work for violin, composed by Elena Ruehr specifically for our soloist, renowned violinist, Irina Muresanu.  
Challenges for presenting this concert are the additional expenses of bringing in the composer for the concert and additional broadcast publicity efforts. 
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $30,000.00
Projected Expenses $30,000.00
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$23,058$24,597$21,145
Administration Expense$2,251$3,249$3,658
Fundraising Expense$358$658$942
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.211.091.21
Program Expense/Total Expenses90%86%82%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue3%5%9%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$52,647$47,325$44,695
Current Assets$52,647$47,325$44,695
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$351$291$272
Total Net Assets$52,296$47,034$44,423
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities149.99162.63164.32
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit Application 6/2015View
Foundation Comments
  • Financial information provided from Form 990, with supplemental information from year-end financial reports.
  • Form 990 prepared by E. Thomas Carson, CPA, P.C.
  • Financial statements prepared internally by the organization