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Administrative Staff

Jennifer Boomgaarden – Executive Director

(605) 335-7933 ext. 11

Jennifer Boomgaarden, SDSO Executive Director since 2010, most recently served as vice president of education and community partnerships/staff conductor for the Omaha Symphony. For six seasons, she oversaw the orchestra’s award-winning arts education and community engagement programs that annually served more than 35,000 children and adults throughout the region. Under Jennifer’s leadership, the Omaha Symphony was awarded the Leonard Bernstein Award for Educational Programming in 2010. In recognition of her leadership and passion for music and music education, Jennifer received the Omaha Public Schools A+ Advocate award in 2009 and the Nebraska Governor’s Emerging Leader in the Arts Award in 2010. Jennifer was the League of American Orchestras 2015 Helen M. Thompson Award recipient for exceptional leadership, dedication and accomplishment.


Kyra Hansen – Director of Artistic Operations

(605) 335-7933 ext. 12

Kyra Hansen earned her bachelor of fine arts from the University of South Dakota in theatre design and technology, with an emphasis in stage and production management. Prior to her time at the SDSO, she served on the Los Angeles Opera stage management team for 4 seasons, and the Santa Fe Opera stage management team for eight seasons. She also worked as a stage manager for the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles for six years, among various other theatre and opera companies in the Los Angeles area. As the Director of Artistic Operations, Kyra manages all logistics for SDSO’s performances and tours.


Ellen Hoyne – Development Assistant

(605) 335-7933 ext. 15

Ellen Hoyne earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota in Anthropology. Previously, Ellen worked for the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at the University of South Dakota assisting with grant management and event planning. As Development Assistant, Ellen supports the SDSO Development office in all of its capacities.

Kristy Kayser – Community Engagement Manager

(605) 335-7933 ext. 18

Kristy Kayser earned her bachelor’s degree in Theatre and received her certification in Theatre Arts Administration from South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD. During her time in Brookings she managed the Audience Service Office for State University Theatre and Prairie Repertory Theatre. After graduation, Kristy moved back to Sioux Falls, SD to take on the role of Executive Director for Olde Towne Dinner Theatre in Worthing, SD. Kristy is on the board for the Sioux Falls Morning Optimist Club and directs for the Dakota Academy of Performing Arts. As the Community Engagement Manager, Kristy is in charge of managing the Bridging Cultures and Music As Medicine projects.


Sherry Korthals – Youth Orchestra Administrator & Operations Assistant

(605) 335-7933 ext. 14


Anne Weyer – Assistant Director of Development

(605) 335-7933 ext. 15

Anne Weyer earned her Associate Arts degree from Cottey College in Nevada, MO and her Bachelor’s in Arts Management from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, IA. Prior to joining the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, Anne served as the Facility Use Coordinator for the Rapid City Arts Council at the Dahl Arts Center and the Office Manager for the Black Hills Symphony Orchestra in Rapid City, SD. As Assistant Director of Development, Anne is responsible for donor engagement, grant management and events.


Jake Windish – Assistant Director of Marketing

(605) 335-7933 ext. 10

As the Assistant Director of Marketing, Jake Windish handles media relationships, manages social media and web content, and strategically promotes the organization and its events. Windish earned his bachelor’s degree in Advertising and Communication Studies & Theatre from South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota, as well as gaining experience in Graphic Design, Media Production, and Dance. Jake was a member of Prairie Repertory Theatre for five seasons, performing in plays and musicals, and working on the technical and publicity side of the arts. In 2012, he worked at Daktronics, Inc. in several roles, producing training content for their employees as well as producing marketing materials for the company and its clients.


Terry Fonder – Finance Manager
(605) 335-7933 ext. 14