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, 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. Maestro Hymes brought the orchestra to the high artistic level it is today. An exciting Music Director search is underway for her replacement with five outstanding candidates auditioning for the position during the 2019-20 season.

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.

Meet the Team

Carolyn Keurajian

Executive Director

‍Vacant

Music Director

Jenny Brown Crowley

Marketing & Community Outreach Manager

Carl Wilder

Music Librarian

Jeanette Jang

Personnel Manager

Heidi LeMaster

Bookkeeper

Connie Beasley

Assistant to the Executive Director

WSO Board of Trustees

Executive Committee

Ronald J. Monark

President

Jon Krapfl, PhD

Vice President, Administration

Cindy Southworth

Secretary

Marc Sharp

Treasurer

Kenneth Mitchell

Song Kang

Trustees

Ingrid Brown

In memoriam

Jack Wagner

Vice President, Education

Kathleen S. Mullins, PhD

In memoriam

Roy Femenella

Vice President, Marketing

Douglas Springmann

In memoriam

Hugh Van Brimer

In memoriam

Jane Carty

In memoriam

JoAnn Gora, PhD

In memoriam

Leigh Houghland

In memoriam

Linda T. Baker

In memoriam

Mott Robertson Jr., MD

In memoriam

Norbert Smith

In memoriam

S. Jane deSolms

In memoriam

Stuart Honenberger, CFP

In memoriam

Vance Stallings, Esq.

In memoriam

In memoriam

Trustees Emeriti

Donald B. Williams

Donald S. Baker

--in memoriam

Georgianna Avioli

James C. Miller

Jane Medlin Burton

John Hewett

Kay Kane