April 2, 2019




For More Information Contact:

Laurie Oungst, Board President and Chair, 715-493-6826




The Campanile Center for the Arts has announced that its Executive Director, Sandy Madden, has accepted a position as Executive Director with the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra and will be leaving the Campanile May 16th.


Madden joined the Campanile Center for the Arts in April of 2017 as Executive Director. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Sandy began her professional career as an arts manager when she founded the Central Wisconsin Big Band. For the next 30 years she worked in various executive capacities for the Denver (CO) Chamber Orchestra, the Rockford (IL) Symphony Orchestra, the Madison (WI) Symphony Orchestra, the Denver (CO) Symphony Orchestra, and the Colorado Ballet. In 2003, Sandy accepted a position as VP/General Manager of the newly constructed, Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton (WI).


“During Sandy’s time at the Campanile, she has enhanced relationships, strengthened education and programming, as well as secured funding to advance the arts for our community,” said Laurie Oungst, Campanile Center for the Arts Board President and Chair.


Key Accomplishments Include:



  • Active board member of the Northern Arts Council
  • Cultivating cross-cultural programming with the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa through their Cultural Connections Program
  • Served on the writing committee for the Wisconsin Department of Instruction in updating the standards for K-12 theater instruction



  • Created a School Education Outreach program for area middle school children called Ken’s Kids established by a $50,000 donation to a restricted investment account which will fund this program in perpetuity
  • Re-established a vibrant summer concert series
  • Oversaw the expansion of the Campanile Conservatory faculty including the establishment of a string studio program



  • Secured a first ever grant from the National Endowment for the Arts which will fund a 2-week residency program in area schools
  • Procured funding for the purchase and installation of Assistive Listening Devices
  • In addition to overseeing a 10% increase in the number of attendees at Campanile events, oversaw a 42% increase in earned revenue


“Sandy has left a large footprint,” noted Oungst. “The board is grateful for her leadership and respects her decision to return to the Orchestral field. We are working on a transition plan and intend to replace the Executive Director position,” Oungst continued.



Madden commented, "The decision to leave the Campanile has been very difficult. I have loved every minute. I believe the Campanile to be the cornerstone of the arts for the Lakeland community and have been honored to serve such a wonderful organization."



As the board moves forward they will look for an Executive Director with experience in development. “Leadership has done an excellent job increasing revenue and managing expenses in recent years however, like other non-profit arts centers, education and programming are typically break-even revenue streams requiring contributions from the community to support ongoing operations and facility maintenance. We recognize that we live in a small community with other important non-profits that rely on the same support. Growth of an endowment for ongoing operations and support for aging infrastructure is needed,” stated Oungst.