February 21, 2012

Jacqueline Stanek

Jackie has played in the Des Moines Symphony for more than 30 years.  During that time, she participated in many other orchestras in the area including the orchestras of Westminister Presbyterian, Drake University, Simpson College, Des Moines Metro Opera, and many others.  In addition to her current position with the symphony, after retiring from her 35-year business career in Information Technology, she fulfilled her lifelong dream of playing in a string quartet by founding the 42nd Street Quartet.  She currently manages, plays violin in, and arranges music for the Quartet.  She has also been a Des Moines Symphony Association Board Member since 2010.

Jackie grew up in Davenport, Iowa, participating in musical activities in school and in other area groups including the Tri-City Youth Symphony (concertmaster), Augustana College Symphony, the Clinton Symphony, and the Quad-City Music Guild.

She graduated from Iowa State University with a Masters degree in Computer Science and a BS in Math with minors in Music and Education.  While there she played violin in the Iowa State Symphony and sang in the Iowa State Singers.  Jackie and her husband Ed are authors of the book “Iowa’s Magnificent County Courthouses”.

January 31, 2012

Misha Rosenker

Misha Rosenker has been principal second violinist with the Des Moines Symphony since 1998.