Board of Directors & Staff

BSO board members govern the organization according to the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws, and contribute their personal and professional expertise to accomplish the goals set forth in the organization’s strategic plan. The Board of Directors sets the budget, hires the General Manager and engages the Music Director, Concertmaster, other contracted positions. Each director serves a three-year term which can be renewed one time.

Board members reside in Twin Cities metro communities and some, but not all, are musician members.

Board of Directors

Rebecca K. Jyrkas, President
Freelance Musician

Brianna Butler, Vice President
Community Volunteer

Megan Dvorak, Secretary
Campaign Relationships Manager, Greater Twin Cities United Way

Patricia J. Reller, Treasurer
Church Organist, Retired Healthcare Administrator

Will Bartruff
Director, Violin Guild of America

Karen Bottge
Retired Music Theory Professor

Anne Holzman
Reserve Teacher, Bloomington Public Schools

Michael Werner
Music Teacher, St. Francis School District

Julia Wells
Sustainability Professional, AmeriCorps

Jon West
Director of Sales, King Technology

Manny Laureano, ex-officio

Sara Kleinsasser Tan, ex-officio

Board Recruitment

Do you love the arts? Are you passionate about the BSO’s mission to enrich the lives of our audiences and musicians with outstanding performances of challenging, educational, and thoughtfully selected orchestral repertoire? We would love to talk to you about serving on the BSO Board of Directors. Please reach out to our General Manager, Sara Tan, to learn more.

Staff

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Sara Kleinsasser Tan, General Manager

Sara Kleinsasser Tan has been the General Manager of the Bloomington Symphony since October 2010. Sara brings experience from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (Detroit, Michigan), Playhouse Square Center (Cleveland, Ohio), Concordia College, (Moorhead, Minnesota), and the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Michigan), to her position at the BSO. During her time with the BSO, the organization has grown its budget by $50K, invited Manny Laureano to be its Music Director, a position he has held for eight years, and has sold out numerous concerts for grateful audiences. Sara executes the operations of the organization, and works closely with the board to accomplish its strategic plan objectives.

Jon Poupore joined the BSO as Personnel Coordinator in 2017, and added Librarian responsibilities the following year. A Minnesota native who returned to his birthplace after time in New England, Jon brings his experience as a violinst and violist with the Portland (ME) Symphony, to his roles as Personnel Coordinator and Librarian and as Assistant Viola of the BSO.

Becky Jyrkas serves as the BSO’s Production Coordinator. She manages the details of rehearsal and concert production including liaising with the rehearsal and concert venues, and arranging instrument transfers.

Matt Cummins started the Bookkeeper role in April 2021. Matt works closely with the General Manager and Treasurer, following the organization’s Fiscal Policies and Procedures to pay bills and maintain an accurate record of the BSO’s financial position.

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