Muscatine Symphony Orchestra
Welcome to our homepage, dedicated to the Symphonic Pearl of the Mississippi!
We have been hard at work behind the scenes to create new programming for our community and beyond during these trying times.
So far, for the 2020-2021 MasterWorks season, we have created two brand new streamed performances as well as a holiday performance with a compilation of holiday favorites picked by our Maestro.
We have made it very easy for you to experience these performances again and again, with a new page on our website: 2020-2021 MasterWorks.
Join us on March 13th, at 7:00 p.m. RIGHT HERE, for our next virtual performance – “Peter and the Dueling Pianos.” We’ll be showcasing two of our Howe Foundation Young Artist Competition winners as well as a special presentation of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf.
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.
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