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Jeffrey Sean Dokken
Artistic Director

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.