Canadian born cellist, Dana McComb, is sought after as both a performer and teacher. Ms. McComb has been invited to give recitals from San Francisco to Montreal. She has performed in the cello sections in orchestras throughout the continent: the Toronto Symphony, the Winnipeg Symphony, and the Richmond Symphony, among others. She has participated in the Banff Chamber Music Academy, National Orchestral Institute, Kneisel Hall Music Center, Bowdoin Summer Music Festival and Meadowmount Summer Music School. Ms. McComb was awarded the top prize in Chamber Music at the Canadian Music Competition as member of the Continental String Quartet.
An avid teacher, Ms. McComb has served on the cello faculty of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and the Eckhardt-Gramatte Conservatory in Manitoba. She has spent her summers on the faculty of The Orchestra Project, the Summer Music by the Lake Festival, and the International Music Camp in North Dakota.
Dana McComb received her Master of Music and Bachelor of Music Degrees at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Bonnie Hampton and Irene Sharp. Currently she resides in Richmond, Virginia where she has a private studio and is on faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University.
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, University of Mary Washington, and Virginia Commonwealth University. In 2009 Mr. McComb performed the Dvorak Cello Concerto with conductor, Keith Lockhardt. Jason McComb lives in Richmond with his wife, cellist Dana McComb, and his three sons.
Cellist Ryan Lannan has been the third chair cello with the Richmond Symphony since 1999. He has a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance from Indiana University and a Master of Music in Cello Performance from Northwestern University. He was a prizewinner at the 1998 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition with the Arbor Trio, a soloist with PAI Festival Orchestra in Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations in 2001, and served as faculty with the Performing Arts Institute at Wyoming Seminary (PA) and the Eastern Music Festival. Mr. Lanan is cellist with the Oberon Quartet, the ensemble in residence at Richmond’s St. Catherine’s School. During the summer, he can be heard regularly on Richmond Chamber Players concert and found teaching for the Orchestra Project.