Muscatine Symphony Orchestra

Maestro Brian Dollinger

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.

Maestro Dollinger brings his passion for conducting, teaching, double bass playing and mentoring to the symphony. A former Marine Corps Specialty Combat Engineer who served eight years and was also actively deployed to Iraq during Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, the Maestro brings much needed experience to the podium. Mr. Dollinger did his Doctor of Arts coursework at Ball State University, his Master of Music and Bachelor of Music studies at Illinois State University and the University of North Texas.

“A Night Of Firsts” Concert Program

Upcoming: Delicious Combination Dinner & Concert – February 16, 2019


Young Artist Competition

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.

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.