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.

Kelley Skumautz, Managing Director

Kelley joined the Minnesota Sinfonia team in February 2020. Kelley is a Minneapolis native who has also lived and worked in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. She is an effective and nimble leader with 25 years experience in the nonprofit, academic, and small business sectors. Especially skilled in integrated planning, budgeting, advancement, marketing, and community engagement, Kelley has a demonstrated ability to manage multiple demands, personnel, and timelines with creativity and integrity. Kelley holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and an MA in Humanities from Mount St. Mary’s University in Los Angeles, and she is deeply committed to inclusivity, climate resilience, and responsive place-making.

Board of Directors


Tina M. Enberg, Chair, Field Talent Acquisition, Thrivent Financial

Joaquim “Joe” Cretella, Vice-Chair, (Retired) Vice President of Manufacturing, Thermo King

Emily Cole-Jones, Secretary and Interim Treasurer, Lead Consultant, Fox Advancement


Suzanne Abrams, Financial Advisor, Lundeen Abrams Advisors

Mary Butler, Student & Alumni Advancement Director, Bethlehem College & Seminary

Tom Cook, Special Assistant to the President, Metropolitan State University

Brooke Geyen, Release Manager, U.S. Bank

Marie Williams, Attorney, Fredrikson & Byron


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