Boomgaarden excited by new challenges at South Dakota Symphony

Posted on: October 5, 2010

In Sunday’s (10/3) Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, South Dakota), Jay Kirschenmann writes, “There’s lots of pressure on Jennifer Boomgaarden to make improvements to the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra. But the group’s new executive director still easily flashes her signature smile. … The 36-year-old musician started her job as the South Dakota orchestra’s executive director Aug. 16. Her office is in the new headquarters on the fourth floor of the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science. Boomgaarden says she’s proud of her accomplishments [at the Omaha Symphony], but she’s ready to tackle new challenges in Sioux Falls. … To publicize the orchestra’s events and programs and help boost its visibility in the community, Boomgaarden says her first step is to hire a high-energy marketing person. And her vision toward stabilizing finances includes building a $10 million endowment during the next few years. That would earn about $500,000 annually. The current endowment is about $2.4 million, which generates about $100,000. As executive director, Boomgaarden is responsible for daily operations, too. She’s also charged with strengthening and expanding the orchestra’s strategic plan and improving relationships with patrons, musicians and the community.”

Posted October 5, 2010