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Administrative Staff

Jennifer Teisinger – Executive Director

(605) 335-7933 ext. 11

Jennifer Teisinger began her 20-year career in the performing arts managing concert operations and music education programs, and since 2005 has led three different organizations as executive director.  Described as a top-notch administrator who is ‘cool under pressure,’ and recognized for her work ethic of unwavering dedication and integrity, Teisinger is a natural strategic planner and problem solver, an enthusiastic fundraiser, and an experienced leader who knows how to bring out the best in her staff and at the same time inspire board members individually and as a group.

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Breanna deMontigny – Development Assistant

(605) 335-7933 ext.15

Breanna deMontigny earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Montana in Studio Art, and her Master’s degree in Arts Management at the University of Oregon. During her time in the Pacific Northwest, she worked in the Development and Event Services departments at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, acted as the conference coordinator for the Northwest Arts Integration Conference, and helped plan professional development programming for arts administrators as a member of the Americans for the Arts’ Emerging Leaders Network. Her interest in development focuses on donor and community engagement, event planning and being an advocate for the vibrant Sioux Falls artistic community.


Kari Den Otter – Development Director

(605) 335-7933 ext.15

Kari Den Otter earned her Bachelor of Arts from Gustavus Adolphus College in Political Science and Communication Studies and her Master’s degree in Political Management from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. Over the course of Kari’s career, she has worked in the fields of Membership, Communications, and Grantmaking. Prior to joining the SDSO, Kari spent five years working for the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation in the Partnerships and Community team, focusing on grantmaking and launching special projects. A Sioux Falls native, Kari is delighted to be back in South Dakota after fifteen years on the East Coast. As Director of Development, Kari is partners with members of the Board of Directors, the Executive Director, and the Music Director to reach the Symphony’s fundraising goals.


Jess Johannsen – Operations & Youth Orchestra Manager

(605) 335-7933 ext. 14

Jess Johannsen attended both Northern State University where she studied trumpet and vocal performance, as well as Southern Illinois State University, Edwardsville where she studied vocal performance and music business. Previously, Jess has worked for Radio Disney, and KELOLAND News. She is active in the local arts scene here in Sioux Falls as a participant in various community theater productions and performances throughout the area.


Kristy Bonde – Education & Community Engagement Manager

(605) 335-7933 ext. 18

Kristy Bonde earned her bachelor’s degree in Theatre and received her certification in 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. As Education & Community Engagement Manager, Kristy delights in making meaningful connections with others and coordinating programs such as the Music Composition Academies, Bridging Cultures, Classroom Connections,  Retirement Series, and more.


Jake Windish – Director of Marketing

(605) 335-7933 ext. 10

As the 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