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Our Conductors

Jeanne Kelly, Founder & Artistic Director

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Jeanne Kelly is the founder and executive and artistic director of Encore Creativity for Older Adults, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing an excellent, accessible, and sustainable artistic environment for older adults over 55 years of age, either beginning, intermediate or advanced levels, who seek arts education and performance opportunities under a professional artist.

Jeanne Kelly’s career of over forty years has produced a unique blend of experience as a vocal performer, teacher, conductor and music administrator. She earned an undergraduate degree in voice performance and piano from the University of Findlay and a master’s degree in voice performance from the Peabody Conservatory.

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Jeffrey Dokken, Associate Artistic Director

 

dokkenEncore is privileged to have Jeffrey Dokken as a member of our distinguished faculty of choral conductors. Mr. Dokken has served as an Encore conductor since 2013 and in September 2016 was named Encore’s Associate Artistic Director. He leads the Alexandria Encore Chorale and also conducts the new ENCORE ROCKS rock n roll choruses.  Additionally, he shares conducting duties with Jeanne Kelly at the Glen Echo Chorale. Mr. Dokken is a vibrant conductor, composer, and musician. Over the past decade, he has performed all across the United States, and in some of America’s greatest venues including the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. In October, 2011, Mr. Dokken travelled to Guayaquil, Ecuador to sit on an elite three-member international adjudication panel for the Guayaquil Symphony Orchestra, the national orchestra of Ecuador. The past two years, Mr. Dokken has had the distinct pleasure of getting to conduct in the White House in Washington D.C. as a part of "Holidays at the White House."

 

 

 

David Allen

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David was born and raised in Manchester, England. As a professional musician he found his way to London where he spent many years as a music director, composer and conductor. He conducted the BBC Radio Orchestra and later entered the world of music theatre. David has conducted at many "West End" theatres including the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, and The Prince of Wales, Leicester Square. He has been the music director for many European tours including "West Side Story", "Fiddler on the Roof", "Hair", "Jesus Christ Superstar", "Little Shop of Horrors" and "Oklahoma!".

Mr. Allen is currently the music director at St. Anne's Episcopal Church in Reston VA. He also teaches piano and voice. He is married to Susan, whom he met in New York when he cast her in the role of Laurie in "Oklahoma!" They have three very musical children.

Stephen Harrouff

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Stephen Harouff is enjoying his first year as conductor for the new Towson Encore Chorale. He is also the Music Director and Organist at Towson Presbyterian Church.  As a collaborative artist he has performed with the Annapolis Opera Company, Peabody Opera, the US Naval Academy Band and Annapolis Wind Symphony.  He holds a Master of Music degree in Organ from Peabody Conservatory and has undergraduate degrees in music education and piano from West Virginia University.

Joey Hoopengardner

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Joey Hoopengardner is the conductor for the Southern Maryland Encore Chorale. Joey taught choral music in the St. Mary’s County Public Schools for 33 years. He has been the guest conductor and adjudicator for various elite honors choirs and choral festivals across the state of Maryland. Early in his career, as a founding member of the Hollywood Harmoneers, Joey recorded six studio albums and traveled the Eastern seaboard performing with his gospel band. He served as the musical director at Lexington Park United Methodist Church for over 20 years. Joey directed the St. Maries Musica choral group for seven years. He is currently the musical director and conductor of the live orchestra for St. Mary’s County’s Summer Stock Theatre, having held that position for 18 years. During those years he has  directed a variety of shows including Les Miserables, Hairspray, Crazy For You, The Music Man, Beauty and the Beast, and in the summer of 2017 – Oklahoma.. He also currently serves as the musical director at Community With A Cause, a church designed to minister to special needs individuals and their caregivers. Joey earned a BS in Music Education from the University of Maryland and has done graduate work at Towson University and George Washington University. Joey resides in Hollywood, MD with his wife Pauline.

Deborah IntVeldt

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Deborah IntVeldt has a B.S. in Music Education from the University of Maryland in addition to many years of private training in vocal performance, working with such luminariesas Ruth Drucker and Molly Donnelly. She taught secondary vocal music in the Montgomery County, MD school district for 20 years and has taught voice and piano privately in her home for the past 15 years. In 1994, Ms. IntVeldt joined the Frederick Chorale (where she met her husband Nick) with whom she is a frequent soloist and the soprano section leader. She is the Music Director at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick and leads a 30-voice adult choir there.  She has high hopes of starting a children’s chorus at the church in the near future.  Ms. IntVeldt directed the Buckingham’s Choice Singers from 2002-2009 and recently gave a presentation on the aging voice to the Frederick chapter of the American Guild of Organists.  When she is not making music, Deb can be found in the garden.  She grows much of the food she and Nick consume as well as beautiful flowers and herbs.  She also enjoys sewing, quilting and other creative crafts. In her younger days she danced on a professional clogging team for ten years, and still enjoys square- and contra-dancing. She and Nick live in Hagerstown with their small flock of laying hens.

Robert Johnson

bob johnson photo-1Mr. Johnson has directed the Encore Chorale at AMV since its start in September 2012.  He is also the Music Director of the East Avenue Ensemble and the NIH Community Chorus. Mr. Johnson has been singing for more than 50 years, has founded and directed multiple choral groups from Guam to Washington DC, and was a member of the Cathedral Choral Society for 28 years, including a term as President.

David Lang

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David Brian Lang is a prominent choral conductor, vocal coach, professional accompanist and concert organist throughout the greater Washington area. He has prepared choruses for performance in numerous concert halls, and worked with such notable conductors as Emil de Cou, Placido Domingo, Marvin Hamlisch, Kurt Masur, and Leonard Slatkin. Lang is now in his sixth season as artistic director for The Reston Chorale. He also serves as keyboard artist for Washington Hebrew Congregation and is sales director for Rodgers digital organs, Roland instruments, and Ruffatti pipe organs through R. A. Daffer Church Organs, Inc. of Jessup, MD.

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Brian Gendron

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Brian Gendron serves as Artistic Director of Alexandria Choral Society.  Since he joined the organization in 2009, the choir has shared the stage with the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra for Mozart’s Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Verdi’s Messa da Requiem, Holst’s The Planets, and the world premiere of Kim Allen Kluge’s River Poem.  They have presented Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Brahms’ Schicksalslied, Haydn’s The Creation, Pärt’s Berliner Messe, and Vivaldi’s Gloria, and have led Handel’s Messiah at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.  Pro Coro Alexandria, a chamber choir founded in 2012 as the organization’s outreach ensemble, premiered Truman Harris and David Teie’s …again and ever again with Eclipse Chamber Orchestra.  They have also collaborated with Virginia Chamber Orchestra and performed at the National Gallery of Art.

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Gisele Becker

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Gisèle Becker is one of the Washington area’s leading choral conductors. Her vision of musical excellence and her commitment to imaginative programming, including commissions and premiere performances of new choral works, have earned for her the highest admiration and respect from her professional colleagues and audiences alike. The Washington Post says Becker “has molded her group into a well balanced and responsive ensemble … focused, intelligent music-making.” The Post called her 2003 performance of J.S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor “a version as transfixing as it was bold … riveting in its fresh, impassioned and personal vision.”

Becker has served as Director of Choral Activities at the George Washington University, Chorus Master of the Cathedral Choral Society, Assistant Conductor of the Washington Bach Consort and continues to be Music Director of the Cantate Chamber Singers. Becker will be conducting the Schweinhaut Encore Chorale with Jeanne Kelly.