Name change for Virginia’s Williamsburg Symphonia

Posted on: April 21, 2016

“The Williamsburg Symphonia announced at its season finale concert last night the group will be changing its name to the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra, effective immediately,” writes Elizabeth Hornsby in Tuesday’s (4/19) Williamsburg Yorktown Daily (Virginia). “ ‘To many people, the name Symphonia denotes a small community group of players rather than a talented, notable assembly of high-caliber musicians,’ [Board of Directors President Ingrid Brown] said.… The Williamsburg Symphonia League—a volunteer organization that supports the Williamsburg Symphonia … will … henceforth be known as the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra League…. The rebranded Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra is also launching a new tagline—’Our Symphony!’—and a new website…. The musicians, leadership, venues and approach to performing for which the Williamsburg Symphonia has become known over the past decade will all remain intact. ‘The name change proclaims what the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra has already become,’ Brown said. When the Williamsburg Symphonia was founded 32 years ago the organization was primarily made up of volunteer musicians and aimed at providing classical music education for children.” Said Music Director Janna Hymes, “Changing our name gives the orchestra credibility within the arts world and will make us more recognizable within our community.”

Posted April 21, 2016