Muscatine Symphony Orchestra
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 two free July and Christmas concerts, with musical styles ranging 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.
2019 Young Artist Competition Winner Joel Peterson, Maestro Dollinger & Concert Sponsor Helen Howe, from the Howe Foundation
For the Audition and in Concert March 9th, Joel played the Violin Concerto No. 2, mov. 1 by Wieniawski
2019 Young Artist Competition 2nd Place Winner, Lauren Lettington from Muscatine with Kathleen Schippers, symphony Personnel Manager
For the audition, Lauren played the Saxophone Concerto in E-flat major, mov. I & III by Glazounov
2019 Young Artist Competition 3rd Place Winner, Chen-You Wu from Iowa City
For the audition, Chen-You played the B-flat clarinet, Intro, Theme & Variation by Rossini
Thank you to all of the Mary Alice Sessler’s young artists that submitted dinosaur drawings from Saints Mary & Mathias Catholic School. A few of the drawings are shown above. Your artworks and narration of dinosaurs for our Bryant’s Dinosaurs: A Primeval Symphony, was trully excellent!!
The symphony is partnering with the Semper Fi Fund from the November 10th concert until April 30th, to support wounded veterans in their recovery and transition process from active duty back to their communities.
If you wish to donate online, a fundraising page has already been created with Semper Fi for our symphony event at https://fundraising.
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. https://americanorchestras.org