is a frequent conductor and clinician for various
youth string festivals, competitions, and workshops.
He continues to be a frequent guest/cover conductor
for the Central Illinois Youth Symphony organization.
In November of 2008, Mr. Dollinger was invited to
teach and conduct at the Illinois Music Educators
Association District Festival for Districts 2 &
8 held on the campus of Northern Illinois University.
This was Mr. Dollinger’s first appearance
for the IMEA.
He has been a
participant at various conducting workshops which
were organized by the American Symphony Orchestra
League, the International Academy of Advanced Conducting,
and the Conductor’s Institute of South Carolina,
among others. He has studied conducting with Leonid
Korchmar, Oleg Proskurnya, Adrian Gnam, Manuel Alvarez,
Larry Rachleff, Glenn Block, Leonard Atherton, and
In 2008, Mr. Dollinger traveled to Lomza, Poland
to appear as guest conductor of the Lomzynska Orkiestra
Kameralna (Lomza Chamber Orchestra). The capacity
audience was entertained by music of Haydn, Wagner,
and various works for saxophone and orchestra. Dariusz
Samol was the featured instrumental guest artist
for this performance that also included numerous
students from his week-long masterclass session.
Mr. Dollinger has been invited back to conduct more
programs in Poland.
graduated from Illinois State University with a
Bachelor of Music degree in Double Bass Performance
and a Master of Music Degree in Orchestral Conducting
and Double Bass Performance. During his doctoral
studies at Ball State University, Mr. Dollinger
was inducted into the Phi Kappa Lambda Honor Society.
Mr. Dollinger also received the “Outstanding
Graduate Student” award from the School of
Music, and a “Certificate of Achievement”
from the Graduate School at Ball State.
Mr. Dollinger is the proud father
of twelve-year old daughter, Arianna Rose, who
is in her seventh year of taking violin lessons,
as well as the proud step-father to Constantine,
who is in his sixth year of taking cello lessons.
He is honored to be married to fellow conductor
and pianist, Rei Hotoda. Together, they welcomed
Sophie Ann Kanae Dollinger into the world in March