Leadership and Conductors

Joshua Vickery, Chief Executive Officer

Joshua Vickery began his role as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the organization on October 18, 2021. Joshua was drawn to the mission and vision of Encore Creativity and is thrilled to be joining the team. He plans to bring his experience and passions to the table to have great influence across the nation.

Prior to joining Encore, Vickery served as Executive Director of Central Florida Community Arts (CFCArts), an organization which he founded in 2010. This organization consists of thousands of artists in multiple choirs; an adult and youth symphony orchestra; children/youth arts program; theatre; School of Performing Arts and programs for seniors, vulnerable communities and arts and wellness. Vickery is a vocalist, actor, teacher, producer, musical director, arts administrator, and conductor. His love of music and the arts has allowed him to have an extraordinary career thus far.

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Brian Isaac, Artistic Director

Brian J. Isaac is honored to serve as the new Artistic Director of Encore Creativity for Older Adults (Annapolis, MD). He is also the Artistic Director of the Alexandria Choral Society (Alexandria, VA) and Founder / Artistic Director of Church Circle Singers (Annapolis, MD).

Brian was most recently the Managing Director for Arts Laureate, a recording team which delivered over 1500 virtual performances across the country during the pandemic. Previous appointments include: Artistic Director of the Williamsburg Choral Guild (Williamsburg, VA), music faculty at Encore University, Interim Director of Choral Music at Thomas Nelson Community College (Hampton, VA), adjunct music faculty at Tidewater Community College (Portsmouth, VA) and Old Dominion University (Norfolk, VA), Assistant Conductor with the Washington Master Chorale (Washington, D.C.), and Director of Choirs at Damascus High School (Damascus, MD).

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Mickey Love, Managing Director

Mickey Love brings to the Director of Business Operations and Development position more than 25 years of nonprofit and for-profit business experience encompassing program expansion; financial development, grant writing, and fundraising; staff and volunteer oversight; public relations and marketing; strategic planning and facility management. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Business from Penn State University and a Master of Arts in Arts Administration from Savannah College of Art and Design.

Prior to joining Encore, Love’s employment history included 10 years as the Executive Director for the Dorchester Center for the Arts (DCA) in Cambridge, Maryland.

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Dr. Mary Ann East, Director of Arts for Life

Mary Ann East has been with Encore Creativity for Older Adults since August 2018 when she began conducting the Encore Chorale at Goodwin House Bailey’s Crossroads. In September of 2019 Mary Ann became the Program Director of Sentimental Journey Singers, Encore’s choral program for singers with early to mid-stage cognitive change and their care partners. On June 1, 2022 Mary Ann became the Director of Arts for Life working to expand Encore’s programing for those with cognitive change.

Mary Ann has taught music to ages 3-93. She is a former Fairfax County Public School music teacher where she taught elementary general music through high school choir and former adjunct professor at George Mason University.

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Ethan Lolley, Artistic Coordinator and Conductor

Ethan2(Annapolis ROCKS, DC ROCKS, Glen Echo ROCKS, Online-Only Afternoon ROCKS, Online-Only Evening ROCKS) Ethan Lolley is an Alabama native and holds his Master’s of Music Education degree with a conducting emphasis in instrumental and choral conducting from Auburn University. His love for the performing arts began with piano instruction in second grade. He has led music ensembles as a collegiate and drum corps drum major, graduate choral conductor, youth and symphony orchestra conductor, and music director for children’s theatre, adult main stage theatrical productions, and professional operas. In 2015, he founded Drum Major Innovations, an educational institution that offers conducting clinics, camps, and competitions for aspiring drum majors.

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Kelli Williams, Program Manager

Kelli Williams has been employed in the office with Encore for 7 years; first serving at Encore's original location in the Kelly's home on the Chesapeake Bay. She assists with daily operations and helps with scheduling for all events, camps, and trips. She also responds to emails, telephone calls and requests. She is a proud champion of Encore's mission and a true advocate for its members. Kelli and her husband live in Calvert County, and have two children; a son in in Colorado, and a daughter in  Australia. Kelli enjoys horseback riding, boating, golf, cycling, tennis, hiking and traveling.

Emma Spicknall, Marketing Coordinator

Emma Spicknall is excited to join Encore Creativity as a Marketing Coordinator. Emma earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Baltimore with a focus in professional writing. While in university, Emma worked alongside nonprots in outreach and marketing roles and planned creative content for diverse student populations. Born and raised in the Chesapeake Bay area, Emma has a deep connection to and passion for the areas that Encore serves. In her free time, she enjoys studying foreign languages, fiction writing, and singing.

Loretta Fredrich, Executive Assistant to CEO

Loretta recently joined Encore as Executive Assistant to CEO, Joshua Vickery. Loretta is a retired educator who spent many years teaching music, math, and English to elementary and secondary students primarily in Missouri and Illinois. After a 15-year stint as Assistant Director of the Early Childhood Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, she held several retail and administrative positions in San Diego and Orlando before joining CFCArts as a choir member for the 2011 fall season. 

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Conductors

Jeff Dokken, Director of Encore Rocks

Jeff Dokken, Director of Encore ROCKS and an Encore Conductor, has been with Encore since 2013.  During that time he has conducted numerous chorales in the Washington DC region, and currently conducts Alexandria Chorale and ROCKS, Annapolis ROCKS, Glen Echo ROCKS, and DC Rocks.  In addition to his responsibilities at Encore, Maestro Dokken is the Music Director and Conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia and Music Director and Conductor of the Rome Symphony Orchestra.  He is a frequent guest conductor of orchestras and choirs across the United States, Europe, and South America.  Recent highlights include conducting the world premiere of the Philip Glass Flute Concerto in Florence, Italy, guest conducting the National Symphony of Brazil, and return engagements with several orchestras in Ecuador.   

Jacquelynne Fontaine

Jacquelynne Fontaine, conductor and soprano, has performed nationally and abroad in both Opera and Musical Theater. She conducts the Alexandria Children’s Choir and is a lecturer through Encore University, teaching the popular sections: History of Opera and Class Voice.

In her singing career, most notably she was the Italian Opera Diva Carlotta in the Broadway National Tour of The Phantom of the Opera, for over 1,000 performances, throughout the US and Canada. Favorite roles include Donna Anna and Pamina (Don Giovanni, Viterbo, Italy), Violetta (La Traviata) and Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro, both at Rogue and Tacoma Opera), and Musetta (La Boheme, Downtown Los Angeles).

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Stephen Harouff

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.

Kathryn Harsha

Equally at home on the podium and in the board room, Kathryn Harsha is an accomplished Executive Director, pianist, teacher and conductor, and has conducted numerous orchestras and choruses across the country.
Kathryn began her international career as Assistant Conductor of the Chorale des Étudiants Etrangères while at the Sorbonne in Paris. Kathryn completed her Master’s degree in Orchestral Conducting at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and an undergraduate degree at Bluffton University in Bluffton, Ohio, majoring in Piano Performance and Humanities.

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Bernadette Hoke

Bernadette Hoke has an active career as a pianist, organist, conductor, and collaborative musician in the New York City area. She is the Music Director and Organist of the Saint Albans Church where she directs a semi-professional choir, and for six years, was on the music faculty of the Saint Albans School. While there, she founded and directed the Saint Albans Schola which performed in New York City, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. As a member of the Birk and Hoke Duo with her husband Eric Birk, she has performed in Weill and Merkin Halls in NYC, and concert venues on the east coast.

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Joey Hoopengardner

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.

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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.

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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 thirteenth season as artistic director for The Reston Chorale.
Mr. Lang previously served as director of music and master of the choristers for Saint John Catholic Church in McLean (2005-2014); as director of music for Saint Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Great Falls and as organist for Saint John's Episcopal Church - Lafayette Square (The Church of the Presidents).

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Dr. Ingrid Lestrud

Dr. Ingrid Lestrud enjoys an active career as a conductor and educator. Drawn to music and singing at an early age, she studied vocal performance as an undergraduate and discovered a passion for conducting choral and orchestral music. She went on to study conducting at the graduate level, eventually completing her Doctor of Music degree at Northwestern University, where she studied with Victor Yampolsky. While living in Chicago, Dr. Lestrud sang with the Chicago Symphony Chorus for several seasons under the baton of Riccardo Muti, performing in the Grammy award-winning recording of Verdi’s Requiem.

She spent three years as the Voice Department Chair of the Merit School of Music, a community music school that serves over six thousand students with a focus on underserved communities.

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Dr. Natalie Lerch

Since receiving her DMA from the Eastman School of Music, Dr. Natalie C. Lerch has taught voice, diction, repertoire, pedagogy, chorus, chamber singers, chamber ensemble, opera and musical theater workshop, ear training, piano for voice teachers, and musicianship at Cornish College of the Arts. As a performer, her favorite roles include elle - La Voix Humaine, Fiordiligi - Cosí fan tutte, Miss Pinkerton - The Old Maid and the Thief, Mrs. Grose - The Turn of the Screw, and La Musica - Orfeo (in Orvieto, Italy). Natalie has sung in masterclasses for Renée Fleming and Julianne Baird, and performed Samuel Barber’s “Knoxville: Summer of 1915” with the Port Angeles Symphony. Natalie’s choral experience includes the Normal Luboff’s touring choir, soprano quartet “Divalycious”, Duruflé’s Requiem in Canterbury, England, and the a cappella ensemble, Fine Rain Falling. She has performed faculty recitals - “What Would Alice Say?”, King Harald’s Saga, and La Voix Humaine - and sung with the Seattle Philharmonic in Ravel’s Shéhérazade and Mahler’s 4th Symphony.

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Alex Nizzoli

Alex Nizzoli grew up in San Diego and has been playing piano and singing his whole life. He moved to Los Angeles and graduated from Cal State Northridge with a Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Piano Performance in 2012. Since then he has been a freelance pianist, singer and teacher in Los Angeles. He began teaching private piano and voice lessons at a piano studio in the San Fernando Valley.
He then began accompanying the vocal jazz choirs at College of the Canyons and played various musicals with the Canyon Theater Guild in Santa Clarita.
He now works with both the musical theatre and choral departments of College of the Canyons and has accompanied other local choirs as well.

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David Simmons

David Simmons, who is no stranger to Encore, was raised in Fleetwood, Pennsylvania. Upon graduating from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA in 1988, David moved to Washington, DC, where he attended The American University, Washington College of Law, and where he lived for 33 years. After a short career as a litigation and real estate attorney, David returned to his true passion, music, where his career has taken him from the music classroom to the church organ and choir loft, and from work as a recital soloist and accompanist to a variety of conductor's podiums, stretching from choral and orchestral work to turns in musical theatre, jazz and opera. 

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Dr. Elaine Rendler

Dr. Rendler – teacher, author, choir director, composer – is known principally for her work as a national and international clinician in church music and pastoral liturgy. She has served in music ministry at Georgetown University, the US Naval Academy, Annapolis, and Bellarmine Chapel at George Mason Unviersity. In 2008, she received a National Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Liturgical Life of the Church from the Georgetown University Center for Liturgy. She is the editor of Today’s Liturgy, a quarterly publication for church musicians and author of several books, including In the Midst of the Assembly, and This is the Day. Her Keyboard Praise collections are published by OCP Publications. She is also the founding director of the Georgetown Chorale, whose mission is to provide for the musical excellence of members and community service through music and whose appearances include the Kennedy Center with the Washington Chamber Symphony. She has taught in the music department at George Mason since 2000.

Jeanne Kelly-Founder, Retired

Jeanne Kelly is the founder 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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