"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."


"The ephemeral nature of the music of old maestros and revolutionaries will be on full display for audience members at the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra’s fifth and final Masterworks concerts of the season on May 21 and May 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Kimball Theater in Merchants Square."


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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