About the WSO

Mission & History

Vision & Mission

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 will pursue its Vision by:
  • Providing innovative, diverse and dynamic programming of classical and pops concerts
  • Extending educational efforts with area schools and encouraging orchestra opportunities for students through the Williamsburg Youth Orchestras
  • Strengthening community support and commitment through the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra League
  • Building strong, supportive relationships with local organizations through the Board of Trustees and Management
  • Building on its core orchestra to offer superior orchestral performances

History

The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1984 as The Williamsburg Symphonia by Carl Andersen, Elnore Andersen, the late 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 under the musical direction of conductor Janna Hymes for 15 years until her departure in May 2019.  An exciting Music Director search is underway, spanning two seasons, to find her replacement. Under the leadership of Executive Director, Carolyn Keurajian who has been with the organization since 2013, the organization will select a new Music Director from seven outstanding candidates auditioning for the position during the 2019-2021 seasons.

Now in its 37th 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.

Meet the Team

Carolyn Keurajian

Carolyn Keurajian

Executive Director

Executive Director

‍Vacant

‍Vacant

Music Director

Music Director

Carl Wilder

Carl Wilder

Music Librarian

Music Librarian

Heidi LeMaster

Heidi LeMaster

Bookkeeper

Bookkeeper

Jeannette Jang

Jeannette Jang

Personnel Manager

Personnel Manager

Jenny (JB) Brown-Crowley

Jenny (JB) Brown-Crowley

Marketing & Community Outreach Manager

Marketing & Community Outreach Manager

WSO Board of Trustees

Ronald J. Monark

Ronald J. Monark

President

President

Cindy Southworth

Cindy Southworth

Secretary

Secretary

Marc Sharp

Marc Sharp

Treasurer

Treasurer

S. Jane deSolms

S. Jane deSolms

Assistant Treasurer

Assistant Treasurer

Linda T. Baker

Linda T. Baker

Vice President, Governance

Vice President, Governance

Donald K. Bartholomay, EdD

Donald K. Bartholomay, EdD

Ingrid Brown

Ingrid Brown

Jane Carty

Jane Carty

Reginald A. Fox

Reginald A. Fox

JoAnn Gora, PhD

JoAnn Gora, PhD

Vice President, Strategic Planning

Vice President, Strategic Planning

Connie Harshaw

Connie Harshaw

Donald C. Hill

Donald C. Hill

Leigh Houghland

Leigh Houghland

Song Kang

Song Kang

President, Williamsburg Youth Orchestras

President, Williamsburg Youth Orchestras

Denise W. Koch

Denise W. Koch

Jon Krapfl, PhD

Jon Krapfl, PhD

Vice President, Administration

Vice President, Administration

Charles (Chuck) McConnell

Charles (Chuck) McConnell

Vice President, Marketing

Vice President, Marketing

Kenneth Mitchell

Kenneth Mitchell

President, Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra League

President, Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra League

Terry Murphy

Terry Murphy

Vice President, Resources Development

Vice President, Resources Development

Alvin N. Puryear, PhD

Alvin N. Puryear, PhD

Norb Smith

Norb Smith

J. Vance Stallings, Esq.

J. Vance Stallings, Esq.

Paul D. Try, PhD

Paul D. Try, PhD

R. Hugh Van Brimer

R. Hugh Van Brimer

Jack Wagner

Jack Wagner

Vice President, Education

Vice President, Education

Trustees Emeriti

Donald B. Williams

Donald B. Williams

Donald S. Baker

Donald S. Baker

--in memoriam

--in memoriam

Georgianna Avioli

Georgianna Avioli

James C. Miller

James C. Miller

Jane Medlin Burton

Jane Medlin Burton

John Hewett

John Hewett

Kay Kane

Kay Kane

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