Abby Hendricks
  • Instrument Viola

Abby Hendricks started playing the Viola when she was 4 years old, studying under Sherida Josephson until she graduated from Valley High School in 2001. She performed with the DM Symphony her senior year of High School, 2000-2001. Abby attended Oberlin Conservatory and graduated from Oberlin Conservatory with a Viola Performance degree in 2005. Hendricks moved back to Des Moines in 2005 and attended Drake University to earn her Masters of Arts and Teaching.

Hendricks joined the Symphony Viola section again in 2006. Along with performing in the Des Moines Symphony Abby Hendricks also has been teaching Orchestra in the West Des Moines Community Schools for over 10 years. Hendricks comes from a family of musicians and teachers. Hendricks enjoys being a mom to her daughter, riding bikes, going to movies, and spending time with her family.



Member of the Orchestra since


Most memorable experience with the Orchestra

Playing with Midori when she was a guest soloist with the Symphony.

How I got started playing my instrument

My mother started me on the viola when I was 4 years old.

Favorite solo piece

Paul Hindemith’s Der Schwanendreher

Other than classical music _____ is on my iPod