Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society is pleased to announce the appointment of Alexandra (Alex) Gilbert-Schrag as the new Executive Director of the non-profit organization.
Gilbert-Schrag joins the organization with extensive experience working with arts non-profits from programming, festival production and event coordination, to executive talent management. She previously worked for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the United States National Cultural Center, in Washington, D.C. At the Kennedy Center, Gilbert-Schrag filled multiple roles including Honoree Manager for the Kennedy Center Honors, Associate Producer for the Spring Gala, and coordination of day-to-day management of shows presented by Kennedy Center in the Concert Hall, Eisenhower Theater, Terrace Theater, Family Theater, and Millennium Stage. She also did freelance production for the Strathmore Performing Arts Center in Rockville, M.D. She continued as Consultant for the Kennedy Center Honors after she moved, and worked as an Executive Talent Manager for the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor as well.
“We are excited to bring Alex into our organization to lead our efforts in our community. She is a proven professional with a passion for non-profit organizations, education and music programming, with the energy to lead Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society into the future,” said Beth Ormseth, President, Board of Directors, Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society. “The Board of Directors thanks former Executive Director, Trygve Fredrickson, for his commitment in the last year. He will remain with the organization for a transitional period to provide support before moving on to a new opportunity,” she said.
Trygve Fredrickson was brought in to leverage his unique skill set of organizational development to set a new course for the non-profit at a crucial time. “I’m excited that Alex is joining the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues team, and taking the reins to grow an organization I care about deeply,” he said.
Gilbert-Schrag has a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Arts Management from American University in Washington, D.C. She has roots in South Dakota, and returned to the state in 2018 to be close to family and help with the renovation of the family homestead in Freeman, S.D.
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