Sara Goplin
  • Instrument First Violin

After starting violin lessons at the age of three, Sara Goplin took time away from music after high school. After trying several different careers, she realized what she really loved was music and picked the violin back up. She has played with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Symphony, the Boston Conservatory Symphony, and recorded with a bluegrass/gospel band in Boston. She joined the Des Moines Symphony as a sub in 2010, and as a contracted player in 2011.

Member of the Orchestra since


Most memorable experience with the Orchestra

I'm brand new, so I think my most memorable experience was my first rehearsal - playing for the first time with this talented group of people!

How I got started playing my instrument

My mom tells me that I saw kids playing the violin at a Suzuki recital and pestered her until I got to take lessons too.

Favorite composer

Just one? I really love to play Bach, but I couldn't narrow it down - too much amazing music out there.


I love to knit and sew, and I really enjoy cooking.

Other than classical music _____ is on my iPod

Hem, Wilco, Alison Krauss, and Midlake