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South Dakota Symphony hires industry-veteran David Hyslop as Interim Executive Director

The South Dakota Symphony Orchestra (SDSO) has contracted David Hyslop, former CEO for three of the nation’s symphony orchestras over 32 years, as interim Executive Director.

Hyslop’s 53 years career in arts management includes 32 years serving as the CEO for the Minnesota Orchestra (1991-2003), St. Louis Symphony (1978-1991), and the Oregon Symphony (1972-1978).  Since 2004, he has worked as a consultant for many orchestras advising in fundraising and strategic planning. Hyslop has served as interim CEO for symphonies across the country including Omaha, Dallas, Louisville, and the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, and will join the SDSO after the current Executive Director, Jennifer Boomgaarden, concludes her tenure to accept the position of President and CEO of the Omaha Symphony. Hyslop will serve as Interim Executive Director through the national search for Boomgaarden’s replacement.

“Talking with colleagues in the industry, it was clear that we had to seek out David Hyslop,” said Scott Lawrence, SDSO Board President. “Hyslop’s incredible breadth of experience and his strong understanding of fundraising and management are exactly what we need during this time of transition.”

The SDSO Board of Directors has already laid the ground-work in the search for the next Executive Director of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra.  James Moore, long-time SDSO Board Member and attorney at Woods, Fuller, Schulz & Smith, will chair the search committee. The SDSO is bringing in the Catherine French Group, which works with symphony orchestras, opera companies, music presenters, festivals, schools of music, and other non-profit organizations to recruit executive leadership, senior management, and artistic personnel.