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Jeff Dokken, Encore ROCKS conductor, maestro, and performer joins Encore University’s Masterclass series for our latest masterclass, exploring the history of rock ‘n’ roll sounds!

Part of what makes rock ‘n’ roll ROCK is its use of very specific instruments. We may take some of these instruments for granted – almost as if electric guitars, basses, and drum sets have existed forever. But what are the stories behind them? What are the origin stories of the instruments that rocked the world of music?

Encore’s own ROCKS conductor Jeff Dokken will take you through the history of some of rock ‘n’ roll’s most iconic instruments that have created the sounds that we know and love. Traverse the electric and eclectic history of rock music to the drum beat of the instruments that made it whole.

DATE AND TIMEWednesday, October 11, 7:30 PM ET – 9:00 PM ET
PRICE$15 per person

Can’t make it to the Zoom? Encore University’s flexibility extends to our Masterclass series, too! A recorded version of the presentation will be sent to all registered participants for later viewing.


Jeff Dokken 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.