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Our Conductor

interim music director and conductor:

Jeffrey Dokken                                                                                                   

Featured in the August 2016 “Best Of” issue of Virginia Living Magazine, Maestro Jeffrey Sean Dokken is one of today’s most exciting and vibrant conductors.  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, and many more, as well as internationally across South America and Europe. 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”.Maestro Dokken is the Music Director and Conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia, Artistic Director and Conductor of The Rome Symphony Orchestra, and Artistic Director of CoroAllegro in Wilmington Delaware.  Dokken has recently been guest conductor with the Orquestra Sinfonica do Teatro Nacional Claudio Santoro, Orquesta Sinfonica de Guayaquil, Loja Symphony Orchestra, Senzaspine 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.

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 2015, Dokken performed a series of acclaimed duet concerts in California and Virginia with pianist Juan Carlos Escudero.

Dokken has composed for, conducted and performed on a number of CD’s. Most recently, Dokken was a musical consultant on Novona Records’ “An Orchestral Journey,”.  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 houses. He also recently conducted and sang the tenor lead in Stephan Parker’s adaptation of Ferdinando Paer’s classic opera “Leonora.”

Says Maestro Dokken of his work in Rome, “The Rome Symphony Orchestra is a wonderful organization with a long and rich history, and I could not be more excited and honored to lead the RSO into the next chapter of its storied existence. The musicians of the RSO are of the highest quality and are a pleasure to work with. We are going to present beautiful, innovative, and exciting music to the audiences of Rome, Georgia and beyond. I would like to thank the Board of Directors, Carey Smith, and all of the staff and musicians of the RSO for welcoming me into the family, and I am greatly looking forward top my first concert as Music Director and Conductor on April 28!”