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Our Conductors

Jeanne Kelly, Founder & Artistic Director


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."




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.

Doug Byerly

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As a music director, Doug has led professional, community and academic companies in productions of opera, operetta and musical theater (over 100 productions to date). He has over 25 years of classroom experience, having taught elementary, middle school, high school (including music magnet and arts schools) and college. He is a Professor of Music at Anne Arundel Community College, where he directs the AACC Concert Choir, Opera AACC, and teaches music theory, voice and conducting.  Byerly is the former director of Choirs and Adjunct Professor of Voice at Washington College and the Director of Music for the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Doug is the Director of Music at St. John the Evangelist in Hydes, Maryland.  He also serves on the board of trustees for the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra.  Byerly holds his Master of Music from the Peabody Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Music from Western Michigan University. He lives in Towson, Maryland with his beautiful wife Christine.

Evanne Browne

EBrowneEvanne Browne is the newly appointed conductor of the Lansdowne Encore Chorale. One of three female professional conductors in a musical family, Evanne has performed, directed and championed choral music since the 1980s. She taught private voice at university and community college, and has conducted ensembles as large as 140 choristers with full orchestra, and as tiny as four singers. Evanne spent 23 years in the DC area where she gained notoriety as a soprano soloist described as having "sensitive musicianship" and a voice with "an impressive range...clear with sweet highs.” She made multiple solo appearances with outstanding ensembles including the Smithsonian Chamber Players, Washington Bach Consort, Hesperus, and the National Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys. In 2005, Evanne moved to Boulder, Colorado, where she gained notoriety conducting and developing musical programs. She served as Director of Music at First United Methodist Church, as Artistic Director for the Colorado Masterworks Chorus, and as Founder and Artistic Director of Seicento Baroque Ensemble. Having recently returned to NoVA, she now serves as Director of Music at Sydenstricker United Methodist Church and Assistant Music Director for the Washington Christmas Revels. Evanne maintains a private voice studio where she often works with choral singers wanting to improve their singing and musicianship. Her degrees are in vocal performance, receiving a Master of Music from Rice University, and a Bachelor of Music from Trinity University. Evanne brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and fun to Encore rehearsals.

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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Stephen Harrouff


Stephen Harouff is the conductor or the Columbia and Towson Encore Chorales. 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 Int Veldt


Deborah Int Veldt 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. Int Veldt 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. Int Veldt 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.

Justin Jalea

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A JUNO-nominated tenor and two-time recipient of the Ellen Battell Stoeckel Scholarship from Yale University's School of Music, Justin Jalea is an sought-after conductor, tenor, and clinician.

Justin has founded and been artistic director and principal conductor of several vocal ensembles. Justin founded the Toronto-based male a cappella group The Graduates, co-founded Early Music Ensemble Sospiri in Edmonton, and from 2005-2007 was the Director of Music for St. Michael's College at the University of Toronto. He is the Founding Artistic Director of Il Sono Men's Ensemble and Double Treble Women's Ensemble, both choral arts organizations based in Calgary, Canada, aimed at using music to help remedy social issues. With these ensembles, Justin spearheaded collaborations with organizations such as the UNICEF, CARE, and the Canadian Cancer Society. Justin continues this work as the Artistic Director of the newly founded New York-based chamber ensemble Inspire whose inaugural season supports the work of Sandy Hook Promise, 350NYC, and Sing for Hope.

As a clinician, Justin has been invited to work with ensembles across North America including Nova Voce Men’s Ensemble, the Calgary Renaissance Singers, and the Seminary Choir of Union Theological Seminary. And as a singer he has been a member of professional choirs such as the Bach Festival Singers, Ensemble Adelphi, Pro Coro Canada, and the Canadian Chamber Choir, and the Chamber Choir of Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church.

Justin holds a master’s degree in human rights studies from the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University. His scholarly work is found at the intersection of music and human rights and endeavours to integrate the work of arts organizations with those of social justice ones and vice versa – enforcing the idea that music and the arts are powerful forces for social change. He is currently collaborating with organizations such as Musicians for Human Rights, the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, the American Classical Orchestra, and UNICEF USA.


David Lang


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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