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Rappahannock Concert Association Donors

We invite you to become a Donor of Note. Your donation allows us to enhance the quality of our professional performances and to sponsor a free concert in the summer at the Farmers’ Market in Heathsville. It also helps us promote our music-education outreach programs. Contributions may be deductible to the greatest extent allowable by law. RCA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation under the provisions the Internal Revenue Code.

Up to $99 = Grace Note
$100 to $199 = Quarter Note
$200 to $299 = Half Note
$300 & up = Whole Note

Many thanks to our “Donors of Note”

Subscribers who donate are invited to student outreach programs.

How has RCA used your donations to support music education since 2011?

For the past eleven years, your generous gifts to our “Donors of Note” and more recently, our Music Education Mission, have enhanced in a variety of ways music education for thousands of Northern Neck students, in grades K –12.

Teacher Grants

Teacher grants averaging $450 each, helped our music teachers to pay for:

  • Instrument purchase and repair
  • New instructional materials and sheet music
  • A sound system and balance/stability chairs
  • Joia Tubes, glockenspiels, Orff Instruments, Chau Gongs, ukuleles, Djembe drums, and Boomwhackers for elementary music programs
  • Ukuleles, Tone chimes, percussion equipment, and a Williams Console Digital Piano for middle school students
  • Video projector featuring the software “SmartMusic”
  • Bass amp, concert tambourine, and 6 music stands
  • Electronic keyboards for music theory instruction
  • Manhasset Symphony Stands and M54 Regal Conductor’s Stand, Behriner ULTRABASS BXL900 90-Watt 2-Channel Workstation
  • Octavos for a 60-member choral program
  • Steel drum (Pitched percussion and intervals)
  • Student scholarships
  • Student participation in music festivals and other music events
  • Band uniforms

Student Concerts

Starting with the 2018-2019 academic year, the “Donors of Note” assisted in bringing to perform during the school day for Northern Neck elementary, middle and/or high schools:

  • harpist Colleen Thorburn,
  • the Washington Saxophone Quartet,
  • Virginia Opera’s student adapted production of the Pirates of Penzance (February 2020), and
  • the Rainier Trio– strings and piano (November 2021).

Click here to read more about student concerts.

The Strings Crewe and the String Orchestra for Northern Neck Youth

In 2017, RCA received a bequest from former board member Carolyn Crewe Gray and voted to use it to support music education for our region’s youth. Local leaders and musicians recommended funding strings instruction, with the goal to initiate a youth orchestra in the future. The Strings Crewe program began in 2018 with two instructors, 14 students, and lessons taught after-school at three locations. Additional funding from River Counties Community Foundation, The Servetus Endowment Fund, the Virginia Commission for the Arts/NEA, the Northern Neck Orchestra, the Rappahannock Music Study Club, the Cole Trust, Gloucester Community Foundation, Wiley Foundation, and individual donors enables free lessons and instruments to twenty 6-12 year old students. Ten students, now in middle school, graduated to the “String Orchestra for Northern Neck Youth” in September 2021, making room for new students to take beginning lessons

Click here to read more about the Strings Crewe and the String Orchestra for Northern Neck Youth.