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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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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 Manager

(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 Manager, Ellen is responsible for donor engagement, grant management and events.


Jess Johannsen – Youth Orchestra Administrator and Operations Assistant

(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 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.


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
(605) 335-7933 ext. 14