Brian Dollinger

Brian Dollinger

Music Director & Conductor

Music Director & Conductor

Brian Dollinger

During the 2021-22 MasterWorks Season, Maesto Brian Dollinger will continue into his 18th season as the Conductor and Music Director of the Muscatine Symphony Orchestra.  He is continuing into his 15th season as the Music Director & Conductor of the Clinton Symphony Orchestra as well.

He continues in the position of Music Director & Conductor a the ballet company on the Big Island of Hawaii named the West Hawaii Dance Theatre and Academy.  In 2016, he was appointed the new Artistic Director & Conductor for the Hawaii-based Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra. He has been successfully renewed as artistic leader of the Philharmonic.

His charisma, energy, technical clarity, deep musical passion continues to inspire musicians and audiences alike across the country.

Whether on the concert stage performing masterworks or pops, or in the orchestra pit conducting opera and ballet, his personable approach combined with his clear conducting technique have come together to create a fun, inviting, energetic, and enriching atmosphere at each rehearsal and performance. He has conducted a variety of orchestras including the Georgia Symphony Orchestra, Quad Cities Symphony Orchestra, Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, Marion Philharmonic Orchestra, Idaho Falls Symphony Orchestra, Muncie Symphony Orchestra, and most recently the Chamber Orchestra of New York.

Maestro Dollinger has a passion for teaching, conducting, and mentoring young musicians. This has led to a number of conducting positions with educational institutions and organizations. These include Bradley University, Central Illinois Youth Symphony, Illinois Wesleyan Civic Orchestra, Ball State University Symphony Orchestra, and the East Central Indiana Youth Symphony Orchestra. He is also a frequent conductor and clinician for various youth string festivals, competitions and workshops.

“There are many fine conductors in this country who really know what they’re doing and those who work extremely well with artists and audiences. There are only a few who excel at not only both of those skills but who also get their orchestras to play to their best abilities… Brian Dollinger hits the trifecta and his ebullient personality and warmth on stage are simply bonuses that come with the package.”

Steve March-Tormé

Guest artist & entertainer

Organizational Leadership

Board of Directors

Seth Tobey, Esq.

Chairman of the Board

Cheryll Ryder


Morse Burington

Vice President

Stephanie Romagnoli


Mike Wilson


Paula Durham

Assistant Treasurer

Richard Sessler

Finance Chair

Gretchen Nollman

Marketing Chair

Carolyn Airola

Past President

Carmen Bugay

Past President

Warren Dickinson

Board Member

Dr. Anna Prier

Board Member

Brian Dollinger

ex-officio, Music Director & Conductor

Julie Plummer

ex-officio, Music Director & Conductor

Kathleen Schippers

ex-officio, Personnel Manager


Jan Collinson

Denise Kemper

Kristine Conlon

Shelley Lawson

Deborah Penner

Dave Pusateri

Wes Walker

Tom Ward


The Guild

The Symphony Guild is made up of people who want to give their time and energy to assist the orchestra in various ways such as helping at concerts and receptions, working in public relations, and planning exciting and entertaining fund-raising events.

Guild Members

  • Jamie Bosten
  • Lori Carroll
  • Jan Collinson
  • Shirley Dillon
  • Terri Hanson
  • Jan Henderson
  • Dee Koch
  • Anne Olson
  • Barb Walker
  • Michael Carter
  • Helen Colony
  • Peg Daly
  • Diana Gradert
  • Alice Huss
  • Denise Kemper
  • Margie Kundel
  • Dave Pusateri
  • Wes Walker
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