Much of the orchestra’s present success is credited to Janna Hymes, the music director for the past 15 years. “When I came to Williamsburg, I had a vision artistically,” says Hymes, “and I know we got there. The orchestra is now at a completely different level. The musicians are more committed to their work of making great art. We’ve expanded the educational concerts, and we made our first international presentation with a concert in Bermuda.”


"Working on the 'Pedcor and Friends A Salute to Heroes' concert has been a privilege," says Janna Hymes. "As the mother of a first responder, this is near and dear to me personally. To be able to give back to veterans, active military and first responders is an honor. Pedcor's generosity has allowed us to bring guest artists from across Indiana to share the stage with the Carmel Symphony Orchestra."

Janna Hymes and Carmel Symphony present Pedcor and Friends "Salute to Heroes" a special concert on January 17 created for the occasion by Music Director Janna Hymes, featuring artists from around Indiana: theWright Brothers, Jennie DeVoe, Actors Theatre of Indiana (ATI), Indiana University’s Singing Hoosiers, and Ball State University Dancers. Don Farrell, ATI will serve as emcee.


"...Monday‘s opening concert in the intimate Kimball Theatre provided us the chance to begin to reflect on the years’ worth of delight she and the WSO have brought us. A strong base of musical excellence has been set, ....The evening’s high point was the Beethoven Violin Concerto in D Major, selected by the audience last season as one of its top favorites selections. And, to do it justice, the WSO featured Stefan Jackiw who appeared here in 2013 in Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2. ...Again, we have the talents of Hymes to thank for the superior work done in this opening concert. The beginning of the end of a rewarding era."


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After spearheading the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra for near half its 35-year existence, music director Janna Hymes is departing at the end of the 2018-19 season.


Don't miss WSO's 35th Anniversary Season/Janna's 15th Season  opening program feauturing violinist Stefan Jackiw performing Beethoven's Violin Concerto, September 10th.



Vance Stallings, president of the WSO Board of Trustees, indicated that Janna’s 15 years as music director have been years of great accomplishment that have fundamentally changed the nature of the orchestra. "Janna has done wonderful things for us and we look forward to simultaneously celebrating her tenure here along with our 35th season celebration. We will be forever grateful for the foundation she has laid for our future, and wish her the best as she continues to grow in both stature and opportunity." 

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Janna Hymes brought Beethoven 9 to the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra. Read the review here.

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