Jacqueline Stanek


Second Violin

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”.

Member of the Orchestra since

1968-1981 (13 seasons) and 1995-present

Most memorable experience with the Orchestra

Meeting Yo-Yo Ma.

How I got started playing my instrument

I was given piano lessons but always wanted to play violin because my mother played. Also, one of my cousins started violin when she was five years old and we were good friends. Our school system had a great string program, so when I was old enough I started violin lessons at school.

Favorite composer

Beethoven, Mahler, and Mendelssohn for symphonic music. Handel and Bach for chamber music.


Photography, genealogy, restoration of old photos, making DVDs from home videos and photos, and just being creative on and doing anything with the computer. During the time that I took off from the Orchestra, I did Tae Kwon Do with my sons and got my black belt along with my oldest son.

Other than classical music _____ is on my iPod

Fiddle music (country, Irish, and bluegrass)

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