SonnLeit Violin Studio provides solo violin music for weddings and other special events.

event Prices:

Wedding and Initial Consultation


Includes a 45 minute wedding and 20-30 minutes of prelude and 10-15 minutes of postlude music.

Rehearsal Attendance


Reception and Other Events

$100 for each additional hour



For a sample of Theresa's playing, please listen to the samples below!

Theresa has been playing weddings and other special event gigs since 1993.  She has played hundreds of events throughout the years, both as a solo violin player and in a quartet.  This experience gives Theresa insight in working with brides and grooms to make the music on their special day personal, unique and easy!  

In order to make the wedding day run as smoothly as possible, Theresa likes to meet with the bride and groom to discuss the songs the bride and groom would like played on their big day.  No clue what music you want played? No problem! From classical to pop to the oldies, Theresa will work with you to craft a song list for each stage of your wedding, from processional to recessional.

Theresa often attends the wedding rehearsal to get a better understanding of how the wedding flows and to provide sound cues so all parties have a better understanding of when each stage of the wedding takes place. 

Depending on what the bride and groom want, besides playing during the wedding, Theresa will start playing 20 to 30 minutes prior to the start of the wedding, so guests can enjoy beautiful violin music while waiting for the wedding to start.  After the recessional, Theresa will also play until all guests have left the ceremony area.  


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West Des Moines, IA

event Prices:

Wedding and Initial Consultation


Includes a 45 minute wedding and 20-30 minutes of prelude music and 10-15 minutes of postlude music.

Rehearsal Attendance


Reception and Other Events

$100 for each additional hour




Shana S. - Wedding - July 1, 2017

Theresa was amazing & did an awesome job at our wedding. She had a good list of songs & I even picked a few that were special to us & she was able to play them. Everyone complimented how good she was & I would highly recommend her :)

Leslie N. - Wedding - May 26, 2017

Theresa played recently at our wedding ceremony and I couldn't have been luckier to have found her! I wanted to surprise my husband with a violinist for our ceremony, but I was having a hard time coming across someone who would come for just the ceremony and was within our budget. Theresa was very helpful when choosing the songs I wanted her to play. We received many compliments that night about her performance. She plays beautifully and I definitely recommend her!

Karla A. - Wedding - May 13, 2017

When I found Teresa, I was so excited about the thought of a very special violinist to be playing music for our special day! Everyone that attended told us that the Violin music made our day even more special.

Monkey - Wedding - October 8, 2016

Theresa was personable, professional, flexible, and a beautiful violinist. Her willingness to find & play the songs we were interested in really added a special touch & her transitions between songs was flawless. She really went the extra mile to make sure that the music for the outdoor ceremony would be loud enough without it being overbearing or carried away in the wind. She was easy to contact & correspondence was timely. We really enjoyed having Theresa be a part of our special day.

Brian V. - Wedding October 10, 2016 

She was amazing. I would have paid triple to have her pay at our wedding. Thank you again for making our day so special.

Chelsie B. - Wedding - May 21, 2016

Theresa was amazing! When I first met with her I have no idea what songs I wanted. She gave me a list of songs she could play and advised me what ones would be good for certain areas of the ceremony. I was also able to request a few songs that were not on her playlist. Theresa was very professional and helpful. The music was beautiful, I couldn’t be happier. I highly recommend her for any event!

Sara D. - Private Event - April 12, 2016

Theresa played beautiful classical music at a French wine and food tasting fundraising event in Des Moines. The music added to the overall atmosphere of the event. Many guests commented on how much they enjoyed it. Theresa was quick to respond to my request and a pleasure to work with. I would recommend her to anyone planning a wedding or other event. I hope to hire her again in the future.

Kelly M. - Wedding - September 12, 2015 (Waukee)

Theresa was so extremely helpful to us from the very beginning by suggesting and playing a variety of songs while we were planning. She was responsive to changes we had and was a joy to work with. Very professional but also easy going and helpful. The music was absolutely beautiful and made the ceremony and subsequent cocktail hour very elegant and memorable. We highly recommend her for any event!

Guillermo B. - Wedding - October 17, 2015 (Ames)

At the beginning, we did not request any particular song, thus, based on a some questions, Theresa assembled a list of song that made many people to say how pretty it was. I requested a particular song a week prior to the ceremony, which she performed despite the short notice and she did it in the exact moment we were able to listen to it. An extra remark is that she always replied my messages really fast.

Kristi K. - Wedding - October 18, 2014

Theresa made our ceremony music absolutely the way I envisioned. She took the guesswork out of picking the perfect songs and performed beautifully on our wedding day. I highly recommend her to anyone wanting their ceremony music to be something memorable and special.


songs specially suited for weddings:


"Pachelbel's Canon"
Air on the G String by Bach
"Here Comes the Sun" by The Beatles
"Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" by Bach
"Air" by Handel
"Thinking Out Loud" by Ed Sheeran
"Meditation" by Thais
"Can't Help Falling in Love" by Elvis Presley
"Brandenburg Concertos" by Bach
"The Luckiest" by Ben Folds
"Evergreen" by Barbra Streisand
"Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen
"Ave Maria" by Bach or Schubert

processional (prelude songs work well also)

"Bridal Chorus" ("Here Comes the Bride") by Wagner
"A Thousand Years" by Christina Perri
"Four Seasons, Spring" by Vivaldi
"Somewhere Over the Rainbow" by IZ
"Trumpet Tune" by Purcell
"Photograph" by Ed Sheeran
"Marry Me" by Train
"Trumpet Voluntary in D" by Clarke
"All of Me" by John Legend
"I'm Yours" Jason Muraz
"Marry You" by Bruno Mars


"Wedding March" by Mendelssohn
"All You Need is Love" by The Beatles
"La Rejouissance" by Handel
"What a Wonderful World" by Louie Armstrong
"Water Music" by Handel
"Baroque Suites #6" by Senaille
"The Long and Winding Road" by The Beatles
"Hallelujah Chorus" from the Messiah by Handel
"Alleluia" by Mozart
"Entrance of the Queen of Sheba" by Handel
"Badinerie" by Bach
"When I'm 64" by The Beatles


general repertoire

A Time for Us- Lloyd Webber or Nino Rota
A Thousand Years - Christina Perri
Air (Score) -Bach
Air from Orfeo ed Euridice - Gluck
Air - Handel
All I Ask of You - Lloyd Webber
All of Me - John Legend
All You Need Is Love - The Beatles
Allegro Maestoso - Handel
Baroque Ste #1 - Senaille
Allegro—Concerto Grosso, Op. 6 #1 - Handel
Alleluia - Mozart
Andante (AKA Serenade) -Haydn
Annie’s Song- J. Denver
Aria - Handel
Arioso - Bach
Arkansas Traveler -  McKay
As Time Goes By - Herman Hupfeld
Ashokan Farewell - Ungar
Ave Maria - Bach-Gounod
Ave Maria - Schubert
Ave Verum Corpus - Mozart
Badinerie - J.S. Bach
Beautiful Savior - Schleisiche Volkslieder
Beauty and the Beast - Alan Menken
Blue Moon - Hart/Rodgers
Brandenburg Concertos 1-4 - Bach
Bridal Chorus—Lohengrin - Wagner
Canon - Pachelbel
Can You Feel the Love Tonight - Elton Jonh
Can't Help Falling In Love - Elvis Presley
Christmas Medley - Various
Claire de Lune - Debussy
Clocks - Coldplay
Color my World - Petula Clark
Colour My Word - Chicago
Concerto in d minor for 2 Violins - Bach
Country Club - Joplin
Country Gardens - Isaac
Cowboy Take Me Away - Dixie Chicks
Divertimento - Mozart
Entrance of the Queen of Sheba - Handel
Gift of Love - Hopson
Great is Thy Faithfulness - Runyan
Greensleeves - Traditional
God Only Knows - The Beach Boys
Good Life - One Republic
Halleluja Chorus - Handel
Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen
Happy - Pharrell Williams
Hava Nagila - Traditional
Hello! Ma Baby - Joseph Howard
Hey Jude - The Beatles
Holy, Holy, Holy - Dykes
Home for the Holidays - Allen
Hornpipe (Allegro Maestoso) - Handel
How Beautiful - Twila Paris
I’ll be Home for Christmas- Kent
Ich Leibe Dich - Greig
I'm Yours - Jason Muraz
In My Life - Lennon/McCartney
Interludium in Modo Antico - Glazounow
Intermezzo Sinfonico - Mascagni
Jenny Lind Polka - Wallerstein
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring - Bach
Levels - Avicii
Love of a Lifetime - Firehouse
Jewish Wedding Collection - Various
Jingle Bells - Traditional
Joy to the World (Score) - Handel
Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee - Beethoven/Van Dyke
La Rejouissance - Handel
La Spagnola - Di Chiara
Let it Snow - Styne
Let Me Call You Sweetheart - Whitson/Friedman
Londonderry Air - McKay
Marry Me - Train
Marry You - Bruno Mars
Menuetto—Alcina - Handel
Minuet I, Aria, Minuet II - Schubert
Minuet - Gluck
Minuet—String Quart. #2 - Mozart/Pochon
Music of the Night - Lloyd Webber
My Girl - The Temptations
My Heart Ever Faithful - Bach
Not a Bad Thing - Justin Timberlake
O Mio Babbino- Puccini
O Perfect Love I - Barnby
O Perfect Love II - Barnby/Holcombe
One Bread, One Body - Hymn
One Hand, One Heart - Bernstein
Over the Rainbow - IZ
Panis Angelicus - Franck
Passacaile - Handel
Pavanne - Faure
Photograph 0 Ed Sheeran
Poeme - Fibich
Pomp & Circumstance - Elgar
Rhosymedre - Williams
Romanze (Eine Kleine - Mozart
Rondeau/Air—Abdelazer - Purcell
Rondeau—Baroque Suite #1 - Mouret
Rondo (Eine Kleine) - Mozart
Serenade (Eine Kleine) - Mozart
Sheep May Safely Graze - Bach
Shine on Harvest Moon - Bayes/Norworth
Shine on You Crazy Diamond - Pink Floyd
Siboney - Lecuona
Simple Gifts - Shaker Song
Spring - Vivaldi
Take Me Home, Country Roads - John Denver
Tambourin—Baroq. Suite #1 - Gretree
Tango Collection - McLean
That’s Amore - Warren
The Entertainer - Joplin
The Long and Winding Road - The Beatles
The Lord’s Prayer - Malotte
The Luckiest - Ben Folds
The Mill- Raff-Pochon
The Prayer - Sager/Foster
The Roes - Bette Midler
The Swan- Saint-Saens
Theme from 1st Symphony - Brahms
Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) - Natalie Cole
To Be With You - Mr. Big
Trumpet Tune - Purcell
Trumpet Voluntary - Clark
Viva la Vida - Coldplay
Water Music Suite - Handel
We Wish You a Merry Xmas - Traditional
Wedding Day at Troldhaugen - Grieg
Wedding March I - Mendel/Holcombe
Wedding March II - Mendelssohn
When I’m 64 - Lennon/McCartney
White Wedding - Billy Idlo
Winter Wonderland - Bernard
You Made Me Love You - McCarthy/Monaco

Additional Music Available for a Fee

SonnLeit Violin Studio offers private violin lessons and solo violin music for weddings from violinist Theresa Sonnleitner.

Prior to moving to West Des Moines, Theresa earned a BM in violin performance from the University of Iowa and taught violin lessons in Williamsburg for three years.  For the past year, Theresa has been teaching violin students and group classes at the Earlham Music Academy.  Besides teaching group classes, Theresa has coached chamber groups in Ames and Iowa City.

Theresa started playing violin at the age of 4 with Paul Manulik at the then newly opened Cedar Rapids Symphony School.  At age 10, Theresa began studying with Doris Preucil, founder of the Preucil School of Music in Iowa City, Iowa.  That year, Theresa traveled to South Korea to attend the Suzuki National Convention as a soloist and as a part of the Preucil School's Gansdorf Quartet.  Besides South Korea, Theresa has performed around the world, traveling to England, Germany, Austria, and Italy, soloed at the Suzuki National Convention in Japan and played for Shinichi Suzuki in his home.  She also attended many music camps in the States. Recently, Theresa traveled to China where China's First Lady attended one of the orchestra's concerts.  

In Iowa, Theresa soloed with the Cedar Rapids Symphony (now Orchestra Iowa) multiple times and soloed with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra.  She was also a member of the Cedar Rapids Symphony. 


SonnLeit Violin Studio provides violin lessons from Suzuki raised and trained violinist Theresa Sonnleitner.

Theresa started playing violin when she was 4, and pursued violin throughout high school, learning from Doris Preucil at the Preucil School of Music.  After receiving a BM in violin performance from the University of Iowa, Theresa completed Every Child Can and participated in Suzuki teacher training.  While attending law school, Theresa taught violin in Williamsburg.

For the past year Theresa has been teaching violin lessons at the Countryside Music Academy.  Most of her students are between Suzuki books 1 and 3. Theresa believes a good foundation is essential to a successful and satisfying violin playing experience. A good foundation includes learning proper technique and understanding how notes and rhythms work together.  Theresa strives to create a warm and supportive environment by teaching each student in a way that makes the most sense to them.

Theresa provides weekly 30 minute lessons.  Price per lesson is $20.00. 

What is the Suzuki Method? About 50 years ago, Shinichi Suzuki developed a method of learning music that mimicked the natural way a child learns language from a parent. Listening to music, repetition, and encouragement from both the teacher and the parent are some of the cornerstones of the Suzuki Method.  Children learn to read music after learning the basic concepts of playing violin, similar to how children learn how to read a book after they have a good background in their language.  Parents are a very important part of the process and serve as the home teacher.





West Des Moines, IA 

price per 30 min. lesson