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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.


Sarah Burman-Schollmeyer  – Director of Operations and Education

(605) 335-7933 ext. 12

Sarah Burman earned her bachelor’s degree in Music Business from Valparaiso University where she studied voice and oboe.  She currently oversees all of the SDSO’s educational programming, which annually serves over 10,000 people throughout the state and region.  She also manages all logistics for SDSO’s performances and tours.  Previously, Sarah served as the Manger of Coaching Activities at New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy in Miami Beach, Florida.  In this role she managed the contracting and scheduling of approximately 100 musicians that coached NWS Fellows throughout the orchestral season.  Sarah was also the Assistant Production Manager with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra from 2007 through 2009.  As a musician and a teacher she has been a featured soloist with the Trinity Cathedral Chorus in Miami, FL as well as performed with the Master Chorale of South Florida and the East Metro Symphony Orchestra, in addition to managing a private voice and piano studio.  Sarah was a featured speaker at the League of American Orchestras 2013 Summer Conference on Orchestral Cross-Cultural Community Engagement.


Michael Kappen – Youth Orchestra Administrator & Operations Assistant

(605) 335-7933 ext. 14

Michael Kappen earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln where he studied trumpet performance. In addition to his musical experience, Michael received a business administration minor and took numerous classes that enhanced his marketing, finance, and management skills. Most recently, Michael worked at the Lied Center for Performing in Lincoln, NE as the Campus Engagement Intern and as a supervisor in the ticket office. As the Youth Orchestra Administrator, Michael oversees the four SDSO youth orchestras and performs a variety of duties that include: aiding in the program development, ensuring the safety of all students involved, and providing a quality educational outlet for the children in the Sioux Falls area. Michael is also an assistant to the Director of Operations and Education.


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 – Marketing Assistant

(605) 335-7933 ext. 10

Jake 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. As the Marketing Assistant of the SDSO, Jake handles media relationships, social media content, and ensuring the voice of the symphony is heard.


 Terry Fonder – Finance Manager
(605) 335-7933 ext. 18