Gretchen Theesfield
  • Instrument Second Violin

Gretchen Theesfield began the violin at age 2 1/2 and piano at age 4. After studying violin with Julie Fox-Henson she went on to receive her Bachelor’s degree in violin performance at Iowa State University in 2005. In addition to being a member of the Des Moines Symphony, she plays regularly for concerts and events throughout central Iowa, including Concertmaster of the Central Iowa Symphony. Gretchen teaches violin and piano in Ames, Iowa.

Member of the Orchestra since


Most memorable experience with the Orchestra

Performing with Gil Shaham on our all Tchaikovsky 2019-2020 season opener.

How I got started playing my instrument

My older sister Leah started a couple of years before me and I naturally had to do everything she did.

Favorite composer

Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Chopin 

Favorite solo piece

Dvorak’s Violin Sonata in F Major

Other than classical music _____ is on my iPod

Punch Brothers, Radiohead, Muse, Fiona Apple, The Beatles