"Janna Hymes accepted a position leading a symphonia. Fifteen years later, she is departing a symphony orchestra.

It’s a linguistic distinction, but very symbolic. The Williamsburg Symphonia changed its name three years ago to the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra, reflecting musical growth and a higher profile in the community — much of which happened during Hymes’ term as musical director."


“I think (Williamsburg is) a fascinating place and, of course, the orchestra is amazing, but it’s time for me personally and artistically and also career-wise to move on,” Hymes said, which she says she’ll do with no regrets.


"The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra’s last concert of the 2018-19 season, Masterworks 5, has a sentimental air to it — both in the music choices and the grand finale feel."


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.”


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.


"After spearheading the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra for 15 years, music director Janna Hymes plans to step down. The symphony announced Sunday that the 2018-19 concert season will be her last with the organization.

'Williamsburg has been a home to me, and it has been an honor to be welcomed into the community by all of you and this wonderful orchestra surrounding me,' Hymes said in a news release. 'Making music with these musicians, and in this community, is a joy.'”

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