Muscatine Symphony Orchestra

Welcome to our homepage, dedicated to the Symphonic Pearl of the Mississippi!

It’s a celebration year as we celebrate our 20th Anniversary concert season!

After a very successful 2020-21 “Virtual” MasterWorks season, Maestro Dollinger and the musicians of the MSO are eager to come together for this celebratory season.
We will be having an amazing mix of symphonic gems, new compositions, and world class guest artists fill the air with engaging, exciting, and entertaining music performances.

The Symphony is not only celebrating its 20th concert season, we have moved our concert home to the very intimate and resonate confines of Wesley United Methodist Church.  The seating is much different than our longtime home, Central Middle School Auditorium, so be sure to get your tickets early!


Christmas with the Symphony - 2021



We want to thank everyone that made our “virtual” season such a success!  If you happened to miss one of the performances, or would like to watch them again, we have made it very easy for you to experience these performances again and again, with our webpage dedicated to those performances:  2020-2021 MasterWorks.


The Muscatine Symphony Orchestra is a community-based orchestra made up of volunteer local and professional musicians from the Muscatine area as well as regional universities from Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois.

The symphony provides a wide variety of music for all age groups. It performs five Masterworks concerts running from October to May and free July 4th and Christmas concerts. Musical styles range from classical to movie and Broadway, to big band and jazz swing such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman.

The symphony brings in guest performers and soloists to enliven its shows, with the approval of the board of directors, while Maestro Dollinger aims to make the atmosphere fun and family-friendly for the audience. With Muscatine Symphony Orchestra musicians as instructors and conductors in Muscatine and surrounding counties, the organization also supports youth orchestras in the schools, and provides financial support opportunities between the schools and the symphony.

Overall, the Muscatine Symphony Orchestra is composed of about 50 musicians that range from volunteers, to college students, and professional members, all under the musical directorship of Maestro Brian Dollinger, who has served as its artistic director since September 2004.


The symphony is partnering for the season with the Semper Fi Fund to support wounded veterans in their recovery and transition process from active duty back to their communities. Semper Fi Fact-Sheet

If you wish to donate online, a fundraising page has already been created with Semper Fi for our symphony event at


The Muscatine Symphony Orchestra is a proud member of the League of American Orchestras, which was founded in 1943 and chartered by Congress in 1962. The League leads, supports, and champions North America’s orchestras and the vitality of the music they perform. The league’s 2,000 plus diverse membership of both organizations and individuals, enjoy access to a national network of thousands of instrumentalists, conductors, managers and administrators, board members, volunteers and business partners.