Cellopalooza VIII: February 20, 2016

VCU Music is proud to bring Paul Watkins to campus for Cellopalooza 2016, joining faculty member Dana McComb and Richmond Symphony Orchestra cellist Jason McComb. Cello students of all ages and teachers are invited to register.

If you have questions about which level to register for, or for more information, email Dana McComb dmmccomb@vcu.edu.

Registration Information

2016 Schedule

Coming soon!


About our Faculty

Paul Watkins

Acclaimed for his international performances and eloquent musicianship, Paul Watkins enjoys a remarkably varied and distinguished career as a soloist, chamber musician and conductor. Paul was a member of the Nash Ensemble from 1997 until 2013, when he joined the Emerson String Quartet. He performs regularly with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and as concerto soloist with orchestras throughout the world. Recent highlights include concertos with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Colorado Symphony, Hong Kong and Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestras, and appearances at the BBC Proms as conductor and soloist.

Dana McComb

Canadian-born cellist Dana McComb holds a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Irene Sharp and Bonnie Hamilton. In May 2013, Ms. McComb performed the world premiere of William Soleau’s “Chasing Cello” with the Richmond Ballet. She has also performed in the Toronto Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony, Sacramento Symphony and the Richmond Symphony. Ms. McComb has participated in the Banff Chamber Music Academy, National Orchestral Institute and Bowdoin Summer Music Festival, and was awarded the top prize in Chamber Music at the Canadian Music Competition.

Jason McComb

Mr. McComb has been the assistant principal cellist of the Richmond Symphony since 2002. A native of Portland, Oregon, he earned a Bachelor of Music from the Julliard School, where he studied with Joel Krosnick and Zara Nelsova. He then went on to study with Bonnie Hamilton at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he earned his Master of Music in cello and chamber music. He has participated in numerous festivals, including Aspen, Musicordia, Kent/Blossom, Banff and Tanglewood, where he was awarded two prizes for outstanding cellist. He has been a member of Orchestra London Canada, and has served on the faculty of Brandon University in Canada.

Suggested Hotels/ Parking Information

• Crowne Plaza | 555 E. Canal Street Richmond, VA 23219

• Doubletree Hotel | 301 W. Franklin Street Richmond VA 23220

• Hilton Garden Inn | 501 E Broad Street Richmond VA 23219

• Holiday Inn Express | 201 East Cary Street Richmond, VA 23219

Limited on-street parking is available, but all-day parking is available at the VCU parking garages.

Previous Cellopalooza Guest Artists
Cellopalooza I: Bonnie Hampton, Juilliard
Cellopalooza II: Peter Wispelwey, International Artist
Cellopalooza III: Zuill Bailey, International Artist
Cellopalooza IV: Joel Krosnick, Juilliard Quartet
Cellopalooza V: Clive Greensmith, Tokyo Quartet
Cellopalooza VI: Alisa Weilerstein
Cellopalooza VII: Irene Sharp