Arts, Culture, and Humanities

The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra

Our Symphony

aka The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra   |   Williamsburg, VA   |  www.williamsburgsymphony.org

Mission

The Vision of the Williamsburg Music Association is to entertain, inspire and educate diverse audiences of all ages through musical excellence. The Williamsburg Symphony will pursue its Vision by: • Building on its Core Orchestra to offer superior orchestral performances • Providing innovative, diverse and dynamic programming of Classical and Pops concerts • Extending educational efforts through partnerships with area schools and encouraging orchestral 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

Notes from the nonprofit

The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra is proud to pay the musicians performing in the orchestra above union scale. In addition, 80% of income received from donors annually goes directly to program services.

Ruling year info

1984

Executive Director

Mrs. Carolyn Keurajian

Main address

PO Box 400

Williamsburg, VA 23187 USA

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Formerly known as

The Williamsburg Symphonia

EIN

52-1342360

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Symphony Orchestras (A69)

Performing Arts (A60)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Masterworks Classical Concerts & Educational Programming for Students

The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra will performs a five concert Masterworks series between September and May each season; four Holiday Pops concerts during the first weekend in December, a Cabaret & Cocktails Pops Concert in January, and educational programming for students. Educational programs includes Instrumental Coaching, Masterclasses with guest artists, Meet the Musicians and Instruments for Kids.

Population(s) Served
Aging, elderly, senior citizens
K-12 (5-19 years)
Budget
$652,000

Symphonic Classical concerts featuring internationally acclaimed guest artists.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Symphonic Pops Concert

Population(s) Served
Adults

Annual holiday concerts held during Grand Illumination weekend. Joyful holiday classics, familiar themes and beloved carols for all ages.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified
Aging, elderly, senior citizens
Budget
$40,000

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

League of American Orchesras 2018

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra's goal is to entertain, inspire and educate audiences of all ages by:<br/><br/>Providing innovative, diverse and dynamic programming of Classical and Pops Concerts;<br/><br/>Extending educational efforts through partnerships with area schools, and encouraging orchestral opportunities for students through the Williamsburg Youth Orchestras and other specific programs targeted to Williamsburg's youth; <br/><br/>Strengthening community support and commitment through the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra League; and <br/><br/>Building strong supportive relationships with local organizations through the Board of Trustees and Management.

The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra has a rolling three-year Strategic Plan, including artistic, financial, staffing and organizational goals. Detailed action plans are developed for first year tasks and broader descriptions are approved for the latter two years of each three-year cycle. A SWOT analysis is used to assess environmental factors, such as the competitive situation and the general economy for each year. The strategies outlined below encompass the 2015, 2016 and 2017 Strategic Plan:<br/><br/>Organizational Strategies: <br/>Review and evaluate the Williamsburg Symphony's Vision, all Committee charters, Board structure and decision-making processes. Increase involvement of our musicians in marketing, promotional, and other symphony activities Strengthen marketing efforts in branding, publicity, advertising, promotion and outreach, as well as increase the scope of the Marketing Committee. Strengthen the relationship between the Williamsburg Symphony and the Youth Orchestras for their mutual benefit.<br/><br/>Staffing Strategies: <br/>Continue full time staffing positions including Music Director, and Executive Director. Continue part time symphony-related positions including Assistant Conductor, Personnel Manager, Librarian and Stage Manager. Add part time specialized needs positions including marketing, bookkeeping and office assistance. Continue to use the Symphony Orchestra League and other volunteers to meet the cyclical operational needs of the WSO. Add one full-time person to assist with the implementation of a 70% increase in events over this three-year period and assume responsibility for the editorial activities related to the website, press releases, and programs. Add another part time person to provide additional assistance in the growing number of Symphony programs.<br/><br/>Artistic Strategies:<br/>The value and strength of our core orchestra will be enhanced by scheduling additional Classical and Pops concerts and performances to new and underserved markets; and by increasing the role of our orchestra in the educational programs supposed by the WSO. <br/><br/>Financial Strategies:<br/>Achieve positive net income for core programs, including Masterworks and Holiday Pops Concerts. Fund educational programs as break-even via ticket sales, grants, sponsorships and designated gifts. Expand core programs with new concerns that will provide positive cash. Utilize unrestricted gifts as opportunity funds to seed new programs and mitigate potential start-up risks. Conduct annual resources development campaigns to include the Board Challenge, the Patron's Annual Fund Drive, the Corporate Sponsorship solicitations and renewals, program advertisements solicitations and other revenue generators. Conduct Capital Campaign to add to restricted, unrestricted and operating reserve funds.

The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra has a world-renowned Musical Director, well-qualified and experienced Executive Director, established staff and Board of Trustees to carry out the goals of the orchestra. <br/><br/>Innovative, Diverse and Dynamic Programming: The Music Director, now in her 12th season with the Williamsburg Symphony, develops the musical offering annually. Concert selections and guest parties are chosen and secured prior to each season. All logistics for each concert are completed by the staff and volunteers.<br/><br/>Educational Efforts: The Executive Director works with guest artists to present masterclasses for area music students, and coordinates with area public schools to present varied musical instruction to all school-age children. The Executive Director also works with the Williamsburg Youth Orchestras on educational opportunities for WYO musicians including the bi-annual side-by-side concert with the symphony orchestra.<br/><br/>Community Support and Commitment Through the League: <br/>The Executive Director sits on the board of the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra League and the League president serves on the Board of Trustees of the WSO. The Executive Director has direct input on certain programs offered by the League and League members provide volunteer support to many of the concert and concert-related responsibilities of the Symphony Orchestra. The League's fundraising efforts provide a substantial annual monetary contribution to the Symphony. <br/><br/>Supportive Relationships with Local Organizations Through Board: The Williamsburg Symphony has fostered collaborative efforts with the Greater Williamsburg Chamber and Tourism Alliance, performing three Summer of Freedom Concerts through their sponsorship. Funding for WSO programs also is provided by the Williamsburg Area Arts Commission and the Virginia Commission for the Arts. The WSO is also collaborating with the Williamsburg Regional Library to present a concert for the general public.

The Strategic Planning Committee presents the Strategic Plan for approval of the Board of the Williamsburg Symphony by January of the fiscal year commencing the following July 1st. This completion schedule insures that the artistic, financial and organization actions needed for implementation will be part of the Annual Budget for each of the component organizations. The annual strategic plan is continually evaluated by the Board of Trustees, with input from individual committees, the staff and the music director. Annually the Williamsburg Youth Orchestras and Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra League provide to the WSO Board of Trustees a formal Notifications Report outlining the success or volunteer, education and fundraising goals for the previous year. <br/><br/>Monthly financial reports are reviewed by the Board's Finance Committee and presented bi-monthly to the Board of Trustees. <br/><br/>The WSO's capital campaign goal is monitored by the Resource Development Committee and reported to the Board of Trustees. <br/><br/>All committees of the Board of Trustees meet regularly and report status of annual goals to the full Board at bi-monthly meetings. <br/><br/>If adjustments to annual goals are required, they are presented to the Strategic Planning Committee who will provide input and then make recommendations to the Board, as appropriate.

The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra successfully presents five Masterworks Concerts (over 10 nights), one Holiday Pops Concert (over four performances) and one Pops concert annually. The Pops concert was added in 2015 as an annual event. Additionally, the orchestra presented youth-focused concerts in 2015 and 2016, including Peter and the Wolf in 2015 and Carnival of the Animals in 2016. Both of these concerts are "new" programs for the orchestra. Additional, smaller concerts are now being offered and the program offerings increase each year. Additional programs that have been added to the offerings of the symphony orchestra include Music and the Brain, presented as an educational program in partnership with the Sentara Regional Medical Center and a Summer of Freedom Concert hosted by the Williamsburg Chamber and Tourism Alliance. It is a goal to add a weekend Masterworks Concert to the schedule and to increase the number of pops concerts offered annually.<br/><br/>Our Meet the Musicians program with the Williamsburg James City County public schools is an on-going program that we would like to see more broadly implemented. We are building our relationship with the public schools to enhance the students' exposure to classical music through this program. Our Masterclasses with visiting musicians is a huge success, with each class garnering more requests than we have space to accommodate. Our next Side-by-Side concerts, scheduled to be performed based on available funds, will occur in the next concert season.<br/><br/>The Williamsburg Symphony League continue to enhance their program offerings, expanding their Encore Affairs events, adding opportunities to interface with the music conductor and musicians in their annual fundraising programs, and providing volunteers for the expanding community outreach programs of the WSO . For two of the last three fiscal years, the League has exceeded its annual budgeted donation to the Symphony Orchestra. The League will continue to find unique fundraising opportunities to substantially increase its monetary support of the symphony orchestra.<br/><br/>The WSO has forged mutually beneficial relationships with several community and state organizations, expanding the reputation of the orchestra and increasing the opportunities to share its music. The music director and executive director continue their outreach and participation in programs that inform the community about the offerings of the symphony orchestra. <br/><br/>Financial goals of the WSO include the addition of another non-holiday pops concert that has not occurred yet. And including a weekend concert in the annual schedule remains a goal.

Financials

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The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra

Board of directors
as of 11/14/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Ronald Monark

Jane Carty

Ronald Monark

Jon Krapfl

PhD

Cindy Southworth

Norb Smith

Ingrid Brown

JoAnn Gora

PhD

Marc Sharp

Douglas Springmann

Hugh Van Brimer

Jack Wagner

Song Kang

MD

Kenneth Mitchell

Linda Baker

S. deSolms

Vance Stallings

Esq.

Connie Harshaw

Donald Hill

Leigh Hougland

Alvin Puryear

PhD

Donald Bartholomay

EdD

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Keywords

Symphony, orchestra, classical music, music education