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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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Peter Tuff is a veteran of opera, concert and recital stages on three continents. Prior to entering the world of arts administration, Peter lived for ten years with his wife and three children in Vienna, Austria, where he sang at the Vienna State Opera, in the Salzburg Festival, and as a regular member of the Imperial Chapel. On the administrative side, he has served the Colorado Springs Chorale, the Monterey Symphony, Carmel Music Society, and The Rose Ensemble. Peter studied voice and horn at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. His wife, LeAnna, is a portrait painter and they have two rescue dogs, Figaro and Susanna.
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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.
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 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.
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Brandy Hartman attended Northeast Community College in Norfolk, NE, obtaining an Associate’s Degree in Music Business. From there she transferred to Wayne State College in Wayne, NE, earning a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Speech Communications with a minor in Mass Media. After graduation, Brandy moved to Yankton, SD where she would start her career in radio broadcasting as an On-Air Personality and Promotions Coordinator. She made her way to Sioux Falls for an opportunity as Entertainment Coordinator with Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort, her most recent role being a District Event Marketing Manager for Bath Fitter. Brandy currently volunteers her time once a week for a radio show with The Blast Ministries-Internet Christian Radio, and takes care of artist bookings for the music production studio White Wall Sessions.
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Julie Danielson, a lifetime music lover, was a member of the CommUniversity Orchestra, Symphonic and Concert Bands, and the Pride of the Dakotas marching band during her time at SDSU, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Liberal Studies and a Master of Science degree in Counseling and Human Resource Development. Previously, Julie worked with the South Dakota Board of Regents, Augustana University and Girl Scouts Dakota Horizons. Julie works directly with SDSO staff, board of directors, and symphony advocates to enhance the organization’s operations and fundraising capacity, all while ensuring the highest level of quality and accuracy.