Welcome to the Clinton Symphony Orchestra

The CSO has been a presence in the Clinton, Iowa, area since 1954 when a group of community leaders got together to form an organization to bring great music to the city and its environs. Now in its 65th year, the Orchestra draws patrons from a wide geographic area. Under the leadership of music director and conductor Brian Dollinger, the Orchestra has expanded its repertoire and performances to include soloists of note from our local communities and education systems. The Orchestra Association is proud of our commitment and hopes that you will share this love of great music with us.


Brian Dollinger

Celebrating his 12th season with the Clinton Symphony Orchestra as our Music Director & Conductor, conductor Brian Dollinger will bring his charisma, energy, technical clarity, and deep musical passion to our Gateway Area communities.

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.  Besides the Clinton Symphony Orchestra, he also conducts the Hawaii-based Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Muscatine Symphony Orchestra.

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 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.


Executive Director

Robert Whipple


Our Board of Directors

Dan Anderson  President

William Zickau Vice-President

Mary B. Paul  Secretary

Richard Sweet  Treasurer

Sharon L. Gilbert  Historian

Nancy Malli

Edward McMahon

Colleen Nielsen

Melinda Putman

We are seeking new members for our Director and Auxiliary Support Boards, please contact us!!