John Sutton’s professional career spans three decades of work in the community, church, academic, and professional settings. From major choral and instrumental works, to music for television and movies, John is recognized for his work with children, youth, adults, and with amateurs and professionals alike. He is one of the most active professional conductors in the nation, conducting over 400 singers and orchestra members weekly.
Dr. Sutton has conducted throughout Europe, Asia, South America, and across the United States. He is the founding conductor/choral clinician for the Exulate Deo Festival in Buenas Aires. He most recently conducted on stage at the Hollywood Bowl with Barbara Streisand (2012) and at Walt Disney Concert Hall with Julie Andrews (2012, 2013). His choral work can be heard on the publicity campaigns for the Spider Man, Harry Potter movie series, and many, many, more.
John holds degrees in music from Northwest University, San José State University, and UCLA. His mentors include Dr. Charlene Archibeque, Donald Neuen, and he has worked and performed with notable conductors such as Robert Shaw, Eric Ericsen, Weston Noble, Grant Gershon, Paul Salamunovich, Dale Warland, and Gustavo Dudamel.
DMA, Choral Conducting, University of California, Los Angeles (2009)
M.A., Choral Conducting, San Jose State University (1997)
B.A., Sacred Music and Biblical Literature, Northwest College (1982)
- College of Music and the Arts
- College of Music and the Arts: School of Music
- Choral conducting
- Sacred Music
- Worship and praise expression
Courses Taught – Conducting III (Applied Lessons)
– Conducting IV (Applied Lessons)
– Ensemble (Opera)
– Oratorio Choir
– Performance Forum
– University Choir
– Introduction to Conducting
– Choral Conducting
– Church Music and Worship I
– Church Music and Worship Internship II
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Warren Music Center, Room 201, East Campus
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