South Dakota Symphony’s Jennifer Boomgaarden to head Omaha Symphony

Posted on: July 11, 2018

“After eight years at the helm of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, Executive Director Jennifer Boomgaarden has accepted the position of the president and CEO of the Omaha Symphony,” writes Alexa Giebink in Tuesday’s (7/10) Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, S.D.). “Boomgaarden will conclude her tenure with the SDSO on August 3.” She arrives at the Omaha Symphony on September 3, replacing James M. Johnson, who left in April to become CEO of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. “ ‘Jennifer Boomgaarden’s eight years with the SDSO has been transformational for our organization,’ said SDSO Music Director Delta David Gier…. ‘The orchestra is the strongest it has ever been in terms of vision, finances and personnel.’ … Since her appointment as executive director of the SDSO in 2010, Boomgaarden has successfully returned the orchestra to fiscal stability, continued the development of the Lakota Music Project, and added Music as Medicine and Carnegie Hall’s Link Up as well as a residency and mentoring programs … Under her leadership, the SDSO was awarded the Bush Prize for Community Innovation for the ground-breaking work in engaging its community and was selected as one of five orchestras in the country to host a New Music USA composer residency from 2017 to 2019.”

Posted July 11, 2018