Jay Fishman, Artistic/Executive Director

As artistic director, Jay Fishman is responsible for the development, quality, and implementation of all Sinfonia music programs: choosing musicians and soloists, selecting the repertoire, and conducting rehearsals and concerts. As Executive Director, he is responsible for approving administrative systems and functions, and he directly manages the orchestra.

Mr. Fishman earned a BS in Music Education and BA in Music Composition from the University of Minnesota, an MM degree in Orchestral Conducting from Indiana University, and studied privately for two years with Sir Neville Marriner, in London. In 1974, he was a finalist in the Fulbright-Hayes Conducting Fellowship. From 1976-78, Jay served as Music Director and Conductor for the Louisville Chamber Orchestra, and from 1978-1989, he was Music Director for the Minneapolis Chamber Symphony. He has been the Artistic Director of the Sinfonia since its inception in 1989 and has conducted over 1,700 performances in the Twin Cities.

Board of Directors


Tina M. Enberg, President, Director of Global Recruiting Solutions & Operations, Ameriprise Financial

Anna Margl, Treasuer, Falk Paper Company


Suzanne Abrams, Financial Advisor, Securities America

Jennifer Creadick, Violin Luthier

Evan Everist, Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Jay Fishman, Artistic/Executive Director, Minnesota Sinfonia (Ex Officio)

Al Hagar, Vice President, Groth Music

Bruce Humphrys, Non-profit Executive Director (retired)

Richard Margl, BNSF Railway (retired)

Lori Pietrowski, Creative Customer Solutions

Pat Schwartz, Hattrick Partners

Ann Taliaferro, Arts Advocate


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