Brian Dollinger is the Conductor and Music Director of the Muscatine Symphony Orchestra and Clinton Symphony Orchestra. 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 Quad Cities Symphony Orchestra, Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, Marion Philharmonic Orchestra, Idaho Falls Symphony Orchestra, and Muncie Symphony Orchestra.
During the summer of 2014, Mr. Dollinger made his debut as conductor for the summer opera program of the Genesius Guild. He conducted numerous successful performances of the operetta Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss. He has been invited back to conduct this summer’s performances of Puccini’s Gianni Schicci at Lincoln Park in Rock Island (IL).
Mr. 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.
Mr. Dollinger has been a recurrent guest conductor with the Northwest Indiana Youth Symphony Orchestra. He is a frequent conductor and clinician for various youth string festivals, competitions and workshops. He has been invited on numerous occasions to conduct at Illinois Music Educators Association events, including all-day festivals rehearsing, teaching, mentoring and performing with some of the state’s best high school symphonic musicians. He was conductor of the 2014 Metro Orchestra Festival in Cedar Rapids and was a guest clinician at the Jefferson Orchestra Invitational in April, which will also be held in Cedar Rapids.
During his studies, he has studied with many prestigious pedagogues. Larry Rachleff, Adrian Gnam, Leonid Korchmar, Manual Alvarez, and Glenn Block are but a few of his mentors. Mr. Dollinger has also been awarded a number of academic honors including induction into the Phi Kappa Lamda Honor Society.
Mr. Dollinger served in the United States Marine Corps where he was a part of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. During his time in the Marine Corps he also took part in numerous humanitarian joint task force missions to impoverished Central American countries.
He is the proud husband of fellow conductor, Rei Hotoda, and father to Arianna, Constantine, and Sophie-Ann.