Insider's Guide

Greater Des Moines is full of unexpected delights. Find out what visitors rave about and locals can't get enough of. We're excited to let you in on our little secret.


Author: Sophia S. Ahmad

Sophia S. Ahmad is the Director of Marketing and Public Relations at the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra and Academy, where she also serves on the piano and chamber music faculty. She oversees earned revenue for the Des Moines Symphony and under her leadership, the organization has consistently reported its highest subscription and single ticket sales revenue in recent history.

Sophia is a Presser Scholar and active as a music teacher, performer, critic and writer. She holds a Master of Music in Piano Performance and Literature and an Arts Leadership Certificate from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. She earned her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts with additional chamber music studies in collaboration with New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts. Learn more about her here.