William Hudson, the longtime conductor of the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, has died at 89.
Hudson, a native of Newport News and graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Yale School of Music, took over the Fairfax Symphony in 1971, when it was an unpaid community orchestra. He significantly enlarged and professionalized the ensemble during his tenure, which ended with his retirement in 2007. He also was a member of the music faculty of the University of Maryland from 1970 to 1999.
Under Hudson, the orchestra moved to its present home venue, the Center for the Arts at George Mason University, and gave summer performances for many years at the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival in Orkney Springs.
An obituary by Tim Page for The Washington Post: