JEFFREY SEAN DOKKEN
Maestro Jeffrey Sean Dokken is one of today’s most exciting and vibrant conductors and tenors. Northern Virginia Magazine wrote, under Maestro Dokken’s direction “NOVA has a world-class symphony in the Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia.” Over the past decade, Dokken has performed all across the United States in some of America’s greatest venues, including The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, the Marie Collier Baker Theater and many more; internationally, he’s performed at Teatro Sanchez Aguilar, The Pedro Calmon Theater, Teatro Centro Civico Eloy Alfaro, Pumapungo Theater, and Teatro Bolivar. From 2012-2014, Maestro Dokken had the distinct honor of conducting at the White House in Washington D.C. as part of the “Holidays at the White House”.
In addition to being the Music Director and Conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia (SONOVA), Maestro Dokken is also the Artistic Director of CoroAllegro in Wilmington, Delaware, and the Associate Artistic Director of Encore Creativity, the nation’s largest choral music organization. Dokken has recently been guest conductor with the National Symphony of Brazil, Orquesta Sinfonica de Guayaquil, Loja Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica de Cuenca, Opera Guild of Northern Virginia, American University, The Washington Men’s Camerata, and The Reformation Festival Choir. Since 2014, Maestro Dokken has spent a week in residence each summer at the famous Chautauqua Institution as a guest conductor and clinician. In 2013 and 2014, Maestro Dokken conducted a combined choir and orchestra of 250 voices in a performance of Handel’s “Messiah” at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
After earning his degree in vocal performance from the prestigious University of Redlands School of Music, Dokken pursued graduate degrees in music education and conducting at California Lutheran University and Shenandoah Conservatory, respectively. Maestro Dokken has studied conducting with Dr. Steven Cooksey and Jeffrey H. Rickard, euphonium and trombone with Dr. Phil Keen, piano with Dr. Angelica Prodan, and voice with Mrs. Patricia Gee and Dr. Anthony Zwerdling.
In addition to being an accomplished conductor, Maestro Dokken is in high demand as a vocalist. As a singer, Dokken has performed with innumerable world-class soloists, including Andrea Boccelli, Kelli O’Hara, and Brian D’Arcy James, among others. Dokken has performed as a vocal soloist throughout the country with various instrumental and choral ensembles, including recent performances with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra and St. Marie’s Choral Arts. In August 2016, Dokken performed a solo voice recital at Lenna Hall in New York, accompanied by renowned pianist Maribeth Gowan. In 2015, Dokken performed a series of acclaimed duet concerts in California and Virginia with one of South America’s finest pianists, Juan Carlos Escudero.
Dokken has composed for, conducted and performed on a number of opera, classical, and musical theatre recordings. Most recently, Dokken was a musical consultant on Novona Records’ “An Orchestral Journey,”. In 2015 Dokken conducted on “Premiered at the Opera House,” a recording with the Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia and the Metropolitan chorus, featuring Carmina Burana and other works premiered at opera house around the world. He also recently conducted and co-produced Stephan Parker’s 2013 adaptation of Ferdinando Paer’s classic opera “Leonora”, released commercially in July 2013. For 6 years Dokken was the Musical Consultant and Composer in Residence for the largest health care corporation in America, Kaiser Permanente. Maestro Dokken was featured in the August 2016 “Best Of” issue of Virginia Living Magazine.