Elizabeth Geistkemper
  • Instrument Viola

Elizabeth Geistkemper began viola lessons when she was nine-years-old. She currently works as a registered nurse part time, is married and has two young children.

Member of the Orchestra since


Most memorable experience with the Orchestra

Definitely when Yo-Yo Ma opened the season. He was so gracious and exuded so much emotion when he played. Talk about being starstruck!

How I got started playing my instrument

When my older sister started viola lessons with Des Moines Symphony principal violist Sherida Josephson I had to go along because I was too young to stay home by myself. I used to hum all the time and make faces when my sister played wrong notes. Finally, Sherida told my mom if I was going to hum and sing, I may as well start taking lessons!

Favorite solo piece

Bach's Sonatas and Partitas

Other than classical music _____ is on my iPod

Florence & The Machine, Adele, Carrie Underwood, Lady Gaga, Lady Antebellum, pretty much anything I can sing loudly in my car.