Director & Conductor Brian Dollinger begins his
14th concert season with the Muscatine Symphony Orchestra.
He was recently appointed the new Artistic Director
& Conductor for the Hawaii-based Kamuela Philharmonic
Orchestra where he will bring his charisma, energy,
technical clarity, and deep musical passion to the
Big Island of Hawaii. He is also celebrating his 10th
season with the Clinton Symphony Orchestra as their
Music Director & Conductor.
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, Kamuela
Philharmonic Orchestra, Quad Cities Symphony Orchestra,
Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, Marion Philharmonic
Orchestra, Idaho Falls Symphony Orchestra, and Muncie
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. Mr. Dollinger returned to conduct the 2015
summer performances of Puccini's Gianni Schicci at
Lincoln Park in Rock Island (IL) with great success.
In 2016 Maestro Dollinger returned once again to conduct
Copland's The Tenderland as part of the Guild's 70th
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 was also 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.