The William & Mary Symphony Orchestra Board is composed of student members of the orchestra who are responsible for many aspects of the WMSO’s administrative and social operation. The Orchestra Board works closely with the Music Director, Dr. Grandis, to create the best possible experience for its members. If you have any questions regarding the governing body of the WMSO, please contact the WMSO Board.
2017-2018 Board Members
Tiara Johnson ‘20
Tiara is a senior double majoring in music and sociology at William & Mary. She is also a four-year violinist in the symphony. She is a member of Delta Tau Omicron co-ed music fraternity and a range of community service programs on campus. In her free time, Tiara can be found making lists in glitter pen and greeting the campus squirrels. She is excited to serve the symphony and executive board as president this season!
Vice President of Outreach
Lizzy Crotty ‘21
Lizzy is a junior at William & Mary double majoring in Music and Economics. She is looking forward to her third year as a cellist in the symphony. Outside of WMSO, Lizzy is a member of the Gallery Players chamber orchestra, a sister of Nu Kappa Epsilon music sorority, and studies piano. She is excited for another great season with WMSO!
Vice President of Fundraising
Noelle Varney ‘20
Noelle is a senior at the College majoring in biology with a minor in Hispanic Studies. This is her fourth year as a violist for the symphony. Outside of the orchestra, she is a member of the Delta Tau Omicron co-ed music fraternity and the William & Mary softball team. She can usually be found studying in Swemromas or watching That 70s Show on a constant loop. She is looking forward to serving on this year’s executive board and making her senior year with the symphony the best one yet!
Katherine Bowles ‘21
Katherine is a senior at William and Mary majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry, while following a pre-pharmacy track. This will be her fourth year playing the bassoon in the orchestra. Outside of the orchestra she can be found playing tennis or golf, binge watching netflix, or working as a pharmacy technician at Harris Teeter. She is looking forward to a great season performing with the orchestra and working with the exec board to make it a great year!
Abby Jackson ’20
Abby is a senior majoring in biology and minoring in public health. She plays the oboe and English Horn in the orchestra. She is also a member of Nu Kappa Epsilon, the music sorority on campus. Her other activities include Active Minds and biology tutoring at the Tribe Tutor Zone. After graduating next year, she hopes to get her PhD in microbiology. She is excited to serve as the secretary for WMSO during her last year at the college.
Julia Kushan ‘22
Julia is a sophomore majoring in biology and minoring in music. She plays the violin in Symphony, but also performs with her quartet, Hark!, and with Gallery Players. When she isn’t practicing, she can be found enjoying the Sunken Gardens with friends and geeking out over random biology facts. Julia loves performing in ensembles and is excited for another year of WMSO!
Ben Ryan ’21
Ben is a Junior at the College majoring in computer science and planning to minor in physics or Japanese. He has played horn in both the William & Mary Wind Ensemble and the Symphony Orchestra, and is pleased to be joining the Symphony again, this year as one of the tour directors! Ben has been playing horn for 11 years and singing for 13, and also loves to bike, play games with friends, and listen to music in his spare time. Besides his involvement in the Symphony, Ben is also an active member in W&M’s chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery and is thrilled to be the head organizer for the group’s 2019-2020 hackathon. He looks forward to many great concerts and new friendships in the coming year!
Alex Johnson ’22
Alex is a sophomore double majoring in English and Linguistics at the college and is a cellist in the orchestra. When not in Swem Library studying or working at the Writing Resources Center, Alex is usually enjoying the shade by Lake Matoaka or hanging with friends on the Sunken Gardens. She can’t wait to go fun places with the orchestra this year and keep making more music and more friends.
Olivia Even-Vaca ’22
Olivia is a sophomore double majoring in English and Environmental Policy. When not assiduously procrastinating, she can be found reading on the sunken gardens, munching on croissants at aromas, absentmindedly meandering around Lake Matoaka, and at times puttering around second floor swem. Olivia is a violinist who adores her music and the friends she has made in the Symphony, and is thrilled to once again be a part of the orchestra.
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Francis is a junior double majoring in neuroscience and music, and while he doesn’t quite understand why these bios have to be written in the third person, he’s always one to unquestioningly follow established conventions! He plays the clarinet in the orchestra, but outside of rehearsal, he can be found listening to the same three songs on repeat, sleeping, singing with his a cappella group, or procrastinating in the music library. Francis is excited to continue making music with the orchestra this coming year. He can be reached at
Stuart Thomas ’21
Stuart Thomas is a sophomore majoring in physics. Besides playing trombone in the orchestra, he is the Vice President of the William & Mary Fencing Team and dances in Syndicate. He also likes playing guitar and writing songs. Stuart looks forward this year’s repetoire.