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2022 League of American Orchestras

Do we have a STORY to tell each of you! ! This is a story of a fund raiser during a unique time in history, and the fund raiser did not include ticket sales, goals of high attendance, catering bills, and didn’t even include the linchpin of every successful fundraiser: NO OPEN BAR!

In late spring of 2020 the global pandemic known as Covid 19 was spreading throughout the world, and in Virginia most “in person” events, meetings, concerts, church services had come to a complete halt. Richmond Symphony League was celebrating over 60 years of Symphony Support; and we were wondering how to conduct SAFE fundraisers. If it weren’t for the virus, 2020 would have been a year that we held our major fundraiser: A Designer House. The 2018 House raised over $200,000, which we were able to donate to the Symphony.

By late September it became obvious from national and local headlines regarding Covid that it would not be safe or responsible to hold the Autumn Allegro Arts, Crafts and Music Festival in person. Most of the members of our committee did not have a high level of comfort or expertise with technology; but we still realized it was time to pivot the project to a virtual event if we wanted the festival to be successful. Our volunteer technology EXPERTS set up an on-line catalogue and we photographed every time with detailed descriptions regarding size, materials, artists names, history and price of item. An on-line merchant account was established to our web-site to collect credit card payments, fees, etc.

Richmond Symphony staff initiated the Facebook Live link. The link includes the prerecorded interviews and concerts – especially those with the artists donating their work!

In between the prerecorded events, Richmond Symphony League members present some of the items for sale. Our message also included information about RSL and how to join! h

In 2022, Richmond Symphony League was awarded one of the Gold Awards of Excellence that are presented to Volunteer Organizations for best-in-class programs or initiatives that have made a significant impact on their orchestras.

Welcome To Richmond Symphony League


With roots dating back to the late 1950's, The Richmond Symphony League (RSL) supports the Richmond Symphony through fundraising, education and community involvement.  The RSL, a non-profit membership organization, also cultivated a volunteer base to support the Richmond Symphony.

The RSL provides consistent, substantial financial support to the Richmond Symphony through an annual pledge that ranges from $75,000 to $150,000 each year.  Our endowment fund, loan fund, and scholarships are additional ways that we support the musicians of the Richmond Symphony.

The Student Concerto Competition, Discovery Concerts, Come & Play events, and more are examples of the RSL's commitment to education.  While the RSL is renowned for the biennial Designer House event, we also host a variety of events and fundraisers including Champagne & Chocolates, An Evening of Note and More.

Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events

RSL Designer House

Due to the unknowns surrounding timing for the Covid-19 virus, the
Richmond Symphony League Board voted to postpone our major
biennial fundraiser - The Designer House. We are now in the process
of organizing and planning for a fabulous house to showcase in the Fall of 2023.
We will post updates as announcements are made.

Richmond Symphony League Designer House is our signature fundraiser. 
Started in 1984, the RSL has sponsored the Designer House every other year
to raise money for the Richmond Symphony.  For each Designer House, the RSL
selects a large host home for the event and then invites local designers to
compete for the opportunity to decorate one of the 20 to 30 spaces
inside and outside the home, donating their time and materials.

The Designer House month-long events offer many volunteer
opportunities.  The next Designer House is scheduled to
take place in the Fall of 2023 - STAY TUNED!

These homes were showcased as previous Designer Houses.

Designer House Previous

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