Posters_PeterAndTheWolfHistory, Vision, and Mission

Our History

The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra was founded as The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra in 1984 by Carl Andersen, Elnore Andersen, Marian Harding, the late Mary Selby and the late Rebecca “Ruby” Siegel. Their mission was to bring free concerts to children who might otherwise be denied the inspiration and joys of classical music.

And so it was that the Symphony, then a group of dedicated volunteer musicians, brilliantly brought to life Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf at the Williamsburg Regional Library on May 6, 1984.

A vibrant and vital contributor to the performing arts of Williamsburg was born that day. Their initial performances were so well received that the founders planned a schedule of concerts for the general public.

Under Music Director Janna Hymes, The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra continues to introduce young audiences to classical music in a way they can enjoy and understand. Today, the orchestra also presents subscription classical concerts with world-renowned guest artists, annual Holiday Pops during Colonial Williamsburg’s Grand Illumination, and a broad range of pops concerts and special events that attract a wide following and achieve critical acclaim. For information about our current season offerings, visit Concerts.

Our Vision

The Vision of The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra is to entertain, inspire and educate diverse audiences of all ages through exquisite music.

Our Mission

The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra will pursue its Vision by:

  1. Building on its core orchestra to offer superior orchestral performances
  2. Providing innovative, diverse and dynamic programming of classical and pops concerts
  3. Extending educational efforts through partnerships with area schools and encouraging orchestral opportunities for students through the Williamsburg Youth Orchestras
  4. Strengthening community support and commitment through the The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra League
  5. Building strong supportive relationships with local organizations through the Board of Trustees and Management