The Vision of the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra (WSO) is to entertain, inspire, and educate diverse audiences of all ages through musical excellence.
The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1984 as The Williamsburg Symphonia 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 local 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. The group's initial performances were so well received that the founders planned a schedule of concerts for the general public and has been performing ever since.
The WSO was lead under the musical direction of conductor Janna Hymes for 15 years. Her dedication, mastery, and poise uplifted the orchestra to artistic excellence.
Now in its 36th season, the professional orchestra features some of the brightest musicians in the region as well as world-renowned guest artists. It presents a Masterworks subscription concert series, annual Holiday Pops concerts during Colonial Williamsburg’s Grand Illumination, and a broad range of pops concerts and special events that attract a wide following and regularly receive critical acclaim. The Symphony also continues to introduce young audiences to classical music in a way they can enjoy and understand. For information about our current season, visit Concerts.
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