Music Director & Conductor
During the 2020-21 MasterWorks Season, Maesto Brian Dollinger will continue into his 17th season as the Conductor and Music Director of the Muscatine Symphony Orchestra. He is continuing into his 14th season as the Music Director & Conductor of the Clinton Symphony Orchestra as well.
He was also recently appointed to the newly created 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. 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.
“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
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. Brian is the proud husband of fellow conductor, Rei Hotoda, and father to Arianna, Constantine, and Sophie-Ann.