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 music experience.
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 as The Williamsburg Symphonia 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.

Meet the Team

Carolyn Keurajian

Executive Director

Janna Hymes

Music Director

Wanda Bass

Media Consultant

Carl Wilder

Music Librarian

Francoise Moquin

Personnel Manager

Betsy Moss

Public Relations

Heidi LeMaster

Bookkeeper

Caroline Scruggs

Social Media

Daniella Bassi

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

Vice President, Governance

Jack Wagner

Vice President, Education

Richard Sleece

Vice President, Strategic Planning

Roy Femenella

Vice President, Marketing

Carolyn T. Ward

Douglas Springmann

Edward A. Curran

Hugh Van Brimer

Jane Carty

JoAnn Gora, PhD

Leigh Houghland

Linda T. Baker

Mott Robertson Jr., MD

Norbert Smith

S. Jane deSolms

Stuart Honenberger, CFP

Vance Stallings, Esq.

Warren W. Buck, PhD

Trustees Emeriti

Donald B. Williams

Donald S. Baker

--in memoriam

Georgianna Avioli

James C. Miller

Jane Medlin Burton

John Hewett

Kay Kane