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John Sutton, DMA

Assistant Professor
Chair of Choral Activities
Conductor of Oratorio Choir
Conductor of University Choir and Orchestra
Choral Conducting
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 3581
Email: jsutton@apu.edu
Fax: (626) 969-7419
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.

Education

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)

Departments

  • College of Music and the Arts
  • College of Music and the Arts: School of Music

Expertise

  • Choral conducting
  • Sacred Music
  • Worship and praise expression

Courses Taught

GMUS 511 – Conducting III (Applied Lessons)
GMUS 512 – Conducting IV (Applied Lessons)
GMUS 588 – Ensemble (Opera)
MUS 170 – Oratorio Choir
MUS 210 – Performance Forum
MUS 242 – University Choir
MUS 361 – Introduction to Conducting
MUS 362 – Choral Conducting
MUS 447 – Church Music and Worship I
MUS 454 – Church Music and Worship Internship II

Office Hours

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Office Location

Warren Music Center, Room 201, East Campus

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