Brian Dollinger is celebrating a milestone with the Clinton Symphony Orchestra during the 2016-2017 season - his tenth anniversary as Music Director and Conductor. He was recently appointed the new Artistic Director and Conductor for the Hawaii-based Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra and is continuing into his thirteenth season with the Muscatine Symphony Orchestra as their Music Director and Conductor. Mr. Dollinger will bring his charisma, energy, technical clarity, and deep musical passion to the various communities in Illinois, Iowa, and now, the Big Island of Hawaii.
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 Symphony Orchestra. During the summer of 2014, Mr. Dollinger made his debut as conductor for the summer opera program of the Genesius Guild.
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. This season he will be the guest conductor for the Iowa Junior Honors Festival held in Ames, Iowa. 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.
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 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.
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