Director Jeffrey Dokken
premiers his first concert with CoroAllegro, "Night"
From Rachmaninoff to the Beatles, songs about night abound across
all genres of music. In this innovative new concert, CoroAllegro
will present works focusing on Night. Contemporary choral masterpieces
by Eric Whitacre and David Childs, rock songs by Fun and John Lennon,
and many more beautiful and entertaining works will be presented
along with the East coast premier of 5 Dream Songs by American Composer
David Dzubay. CoroAllegro will be joined by the Wilmington String
Ensemble and a special guest narrator.
Every day has a night, and sometimes that's where the most beautiful
things are found. Join CoroAllegro as we present the first concert
of our 2015-2016 season...
November 13, 2015 - 7:30 pm
November 14, 2015 - 7:30 pm
concerts to be at:
South Poplar Street, Wilmington, DE 19801
invites you to celebrate the holidays with the gift of choral music!
This evening’s concert includes familiar carols, previously unknown
gems, and sacred and secular offerings that reflect the joy and
the solemnity of the season. We look forward to joining with you
Smyrna Opera House
W South St, Smyrna, DE 19977
December 19, 2015 - 8:00 pm
are available at the Smyrna Opera House website.
the date next spring!
The history of music in America is the history of America. Join
CoroAllegro as we take you on journey through American music. We
will present folk songs, spirituals, classical and contemporary
works by American composers, exemplifying the music of this country
that we call home.
April 23, 2016 - 7:00 pm
April 24, 2016 - 4:00 pm
to be posted soon)
the appointment of
as the Music Director of CoroAllegro
Maestro Jeffrey Sean Dokken is one of today's most
exciting and vibrant conductors, composers and musicians. Northern
Virginia Magazine wrote that 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 and in some of America’s greatest venues including
The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Marie Collier Baker Theater,
Parilla Performing Arts and The Kavli Theater. In October 2013,
Dokken traveled to Guayaquil, Ecuador to sit on an elite three member
international adjudication panel for the Guayaquil Symphony Orchestra,
one of South America's foremost national orchestras. In July of
2015, Dokken will return to Ecuador as guest conductor of the GSO.
Over the past three years, Maestro Dokken has had the distinct honor
of conducting at the White House in Washington D.C. as part of “Holidays
at the White House.” In December 2013, Dokken returned to The Kennedy
Center to conduct a combined choir of 175 voices in a performance
of Handel's “Messiah.”
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. Dokken has had the good fortune of working with some
of the world’s greatest conductors, including Valery Gergiev, Christoph
Eschenbach, Marvin Hamlisch and Norman Scribner. In addition to
being a conductor and composer, 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,
Brian D'Arcy James and David Archuletta, among others. Dokken recently
made his debut in the Bach Cantata #80 with St. Marie’s Musica,
and performed a duet recital with renowned opera singer Jeanne Kelly
this August 2014 in New York.
Maestro Dokken has a sincere passion for both choral
and orchestral conducting. Upon his relocation to the East Coast,
Dokken quickly became the Associate Music Director of Open5ths,
then one of the premiere men’s choirs in the Mid-Atlantic region.
In 2010, Dokken was hired as Music Director and Conductor of the
Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia (SONOVA), a position he
still proudly holds. Additionally, Maestro Dokken is the Artistic
Director of the Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia Chorale.
Dokken has recently been guest conductor with the Opera Guild of
Northern Virginia;; American University;; The Washington Men's Camerata;;
The Reformation Festival Choir and Patrick Lundy and the Ministers
of Music. Maestro Dokken is also proudly a conductor for the Northern
Virginia Area Encore Chorales. He eagerly anticipates numerous exciting
opportunities in 2014/2015, including performances with cross-over
recording artist Jackson Caesar;; international opera stars Laura
Wehrmeyer, David Timpane, and Larry Boggs;; a week in residence
at the Chataqua Institution;; his debut conducting appearance with
The Metropolitan Chorus;; and choral and orchestral guest conducting
performances in Ecuador, New York, Cuba, and Colonial Williamsburg
as well as a season full of outstanding music with SONOVA, the SONOVA
Chorale, and several special guest artists.
Dokken has composed for, conducted and performed on
a number of opera, classical and musical theatre CDs and DVDs. Most
recently, he conducted and co-produced Stephan Parker's 2013 adaptation
of Ferdinando Paer's classic opera "Leonora," released
commercially in July 2013. Additionally, Dokken is the Musical Consultant
and Composer in Residence for the largest health care corporation
in America, Kaiser Permanente, where his duties include composing
health related musicals;; scoring videos for public and in house
use;; and providing musical consultation on a wide array of arts
projects. Dokken also maintains a thriving private voice and piano
studio and is active as an arranger, educator and adjudicator.
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