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Lake Avenue Church

393 North Lake Avenue

Pasadena, California 91101

United States

Company Description

Lake Avenue Church is a multi-faceted and inclusive ministry meeting the spiritual needs of the people of the San Gabriel and San Fernando valleys and surrounding communities for over 106 years. It is a life center, a place where people can come and know ... more

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Employment History

Artistic Director

Angeles Chorale

Associate Professor of Music

Azusa Pacific University

Clinician and Guest Conductor

Exultate Deo Choral Festival

Affiliations

Board Member
Choristers Guild

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The Tidewater Winds

Education

B.A.

Northwest University

music degrees

Northwest College

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Angeles Chorale | Inspiring LA with great choral music - Home

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A WELCOME FROM JOHN SUTTON

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John Sutton
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John Sutton, Artistic Director Welcome to our 42nd season, Made in America!
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John Sutton, DMA


board-members

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John Sutton - Altadena, CA

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John Sutton is a highly active leader in the choral arts. Dr. Sutton serves as the Director of Choral Activities and lectures in the School of Music at Azusa Pacific University located 30 minutes from downtown Los Angeles. There he conducts the Oratorio Choir, and the University Choir and Orchestra. He is Artistic Director of the Angeles Chorale; Conductor of Choral Ministries at Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena, CA; and Musical Director and Conductor for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association annual Christmas Holiday Sing-a-Long.
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Dr. Sutton holds music degrees from Northwest College, San Jose State University and UCLA. Included in a busy international guest conducting schedule is his serving as the founding conductor/choral clinician for the Exulate Deo Festival in Buenas Aires.


Press Release 5-11-16 - Angeles Chorale | Inspiring LA with great choral music

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"Our shared history has been built upon the will to endure and create a better world for ourselves and our children," says Artistic Director John Sutton.

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"One of the lessons of Africa is that the sorrow of others cannot be ignored," says Sutton.
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The Chorale's 41st concert season, entitled "Primal Instincts" and the sixth under the direction of Dr. John Sutton, will explore music that captures the human spirit, including Handel's Messiah, Orff's epic Carmina Burana, and the poignant sounds of the Freedom Train.
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ABOUT ARTISTIC DIRECTOR JOHN SUTTON
John Sutton's professional choral career spans over four decades of work in the community, church, academic, and professional settings. From major choral and instrumental works, concert and chamber choirs, to music for television and movies, John is recognized for his work with children, youth, adults, and with amateurs and professionals alike. Today he is one of the most active professional conductors in the nation, conducting over 400 singers and orchestra members weekly.
As a student, Dr. Sutton has studied with some of the most distinguished conductors in the field of choral music. John holds degrees from Northwest University (B.A. in Sacred Music and Biblical Literature), San José State University where he was a student of Dr. Charlene Archibeque (MA in Choral Conducting), and the University of California at Los Angeles, where his mentoring professor was Donald Neuen (DMA in Choral Conducting). He continues to actively study with both Dr. Archibeque and Professor Neuen.
Beyond his focused choral training in the university setting, John has studied and performed with notable choral luminaries such as Robert Shaw, Helmuth Rilling, Eric Ericson, Weston Noble, Frank Pooler, Howard Swan, Paul Salamunovich, Anton Armstrong, Eph Ely, Jerry Blackstone, and others.
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In 2012, John prepared choirs from the United States and United Kingdom for performances at the Brittania Music festivitals in Birmingham and London, England.
His enthusiasm for the choral art and his commitment to excellence has made him a popular choral clinician, festival conductor and adjudicator, leading workshops for the American Choral Directors Association, the National Association of Church Musicians, American Christian Schools International, Choristers Guild, the national Conference on Liturgy and Worship, the Mount Herman Summer Choral Conference, and many others. In January of 2010 he was the featured speaker at the National Association of Church Musicians, Mid-Winter Conference. In 2011, John was the featured clinician for the Lake Tahoe "Summer Sing," and in June 2013, Dr. Sutton was the featured clinician and founding conductor for the inaugural Exultate Deo Choral Festival in Buenas Aires, Argentina. His choirs have toured throughout the United States, and in 2015-'16 John will be conducting concerts, adjudicating choral festivals, and leading choral workshops throughout California, Oregon, and Washington.
Since moving to Los Angeles in 2000, John has conducted choral music heard on weekly television series, and national ad campaigns for major motion pictures such as the Harry Potter series, the Spider Man series, The Divinci Code, Fantastic Four, and countless others. In 2005, he was appointed as the Music Director/Conductor for the Los Angeles Philharmonic's annual Christmas Holiday Sing-a-Long.
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In May, 2014, Dr. Sutton was the inaugural recipient of the Faith & Fine Arts Award, presented by APU's College of Music and the Arts. For two consecutive years, he has been the School of Music and Arts nominee for APU's Chase A. Sawtell Award for Most Inspirational Faculty of the Year (2014 and '15).
John is an Associate Professor at APU in the College of Music and the Arts, where he serves as the Director of Choral Activities, conducting the Oratorio Choir and the University Choir and Orchestra, and teaching classes in conducting, and Church Music. Dr. Sutton continues to lead and consult with the choral and worship programs at Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena, where he has served since Fall, 2000.
John resides in Altadena, California with his wife, Dr. Cecilia Patiño-Sutton.
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John Sutton, DMA


Press Release 2-28-16 - Angeles Chorale | Inspiring LA with great choral music

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"Orff authorized a version of Carmina Burana utilizing not an orchestra but two pianos and five percussionists," explains Angeles Chorale's Artistic Director, John Sutton of his decision to present this non-orchestral rendition.

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"Carmina Burana gives us a chance to explore one of our most primal instincts, desire," Sutton says.
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"One song is so funny," Sutton continues. "It talks about all of the people who are drinking. It goes through this litany of lawyers and plumbers and carpenters and chambermaids and priests. Everybody's drinking!"
However, according to Sutton, the songs go far deeper than this.
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"I like to think Orff will be watching from the wings, smiling his approval of our efforts to bring his original vision to life," says Sutton.
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Opening the program is what Sutton describes as "a little triptych of falling in love, getting married, and then reflecting on the marriage" - One May Morning, an English folk song arranged by conductor Charlene Archibeque, The Wedding Cantata by Daniel Pinkham, and This Marriage by Eric Whitacre, written for his wife, soprano Hila Plitman, while Whitacre was composer-in-residence at Azusa Pacific University, where Sutton is Associate Professor and Chair of Choral Activities.
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The Chorale's 41st concert season, entitled "Primal Instincts" and the sixth under the direction of Dr. John Sutton, will explore music that captures the human spirit, including Handel's Messiah, Orff's epic Carmina Burana, and the poignant sounds of the Freedom Train.
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ABOUT ARTISTIC DIRECTOR JOHN SUTTON
John Sutton's professional choral career spans over four decades of work in the community, church, academic, and professional settings. From major choral and instrumental works, concert and chamber choirs, to music for television and movies, John is recognized for his work with children, youth, adults, and with amateurs and professionals alike. Today is one of the most active professional conductors in the nation, conducting over 400 singers and orchestra members weekly.
As a student, Dr. Sutton has studied with some of the most distinguished conductors in the field of choral music. John holds degrees from Northwest University (B.A. in Sacred Music and Biblical Literature), San José State University where he was a student of Dr. Charlene Archibeque (MA in Choral Conducting), and the University of California at Los Angeles, where his mentoring professor was Donald Neuen (DMA in Choral Conducting). He continues to actively study with both Dr. Archibeque and Professor Neuen.
Beyond his focused choral training in the university setting, John has studied and performed with notable choral luminaries such as Robert Shaw, Helmuth Rilling, Eric Ericson, Weston Noble, Frank Pooler, Howard Swan, Paul Salamunovich, Anton Armstrong, Eph Ely, Jerry Blackstone, and others.
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In 2011, Dr. Sutton led choirs on concert tours of Argentina and the Southern United States. In 2012, John prepared choirs from the United States and United Kingdom for performances at the Brittania Music festivities in Birmingham and London, England.
His enthusiasm for the choral art and his commitment to excellence has made him a popular choral clinician, festival conductor and adjudicator, leading workshops for the American Choral Directors Association, the National Association of Church Musicians, American Christian Schools International, Choristers Guild, the national Conference on Liturgy and Worship, the Mount Herman Summer Choral Camp, and many others. In January of 2010 he was the featured speaker at the National Association of Church Musicians, Mid-Winter Conference. In 2011, John was the featured clinician for the Lake Tahoe "Summer Sing," and in June 2013, Dr. Sutton was the featured clinician and guest conductor at the Exultate Deo Choral Festival in Buenas Aires, Argentina. In 2015-'16 John will be conducting concerts, adjudicating choral festivals, and leading choral workshops throughout California, Oregon, and Washington.
Since moving to Los Angeles in 2000, John has conducted choral music heard on weekly television series, and national ad campaigns for major motion pictures such as the Harry Potter series, the Spider Man series, The Divinci Code, Fantastic Four, and countless others. In 2005, he was appointed as the Music Director/Conductor for the Los Angeles Philharmonic's annual Christmas Holiday Sing-a-Long.
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In May, 2014, Dr. Sutton was the inaugural recipient of the Faith & Fine Arts Award, presented by the APU's College of Music and the Arts.
John is an Associate Professor at APU in the College of Music and the Arts, where he leads and gives vision to the entire choral program as the Director of Choral Activities. He conducts the Oratorio Choir and the University Choir and Orchestra, in addition to teaching classes in conducting, and Church Music. Dr. Sutton continues to lead and consult with the choral and worship programs at Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena, where he has served since Fall 2000.
John resides in Altadena, California with his wife, Dr. Cecilia Patiño-Sutton.
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John Sutton, DMA


Press Release 11-4-2015 - Angeles Chorale | Inspiring LA with great choral music

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And when artistic director John Sutton began programming the first concert of that season - which will take place on Saturday, December 12 at 7:30 p.m. in Pasadena, California - he knew almost instantly that he would call it "PEACE! There is, after all, no more primal instinct than the wish for peace...particularly during the holidays.

"Before you can have joy, celebration, light - all those other words that traditionally characterize the season - you've got to have peace," Sutton explains.
Sutton continues: "As I look at our world, I think of how many people are walking in darkness, whether they're refugees I read about in the news or dear friends who are in dark places.
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"Handel was 56 and facing bankruptcy," Sutton relates.
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"I wanted to bring pieces together that were thoroughly traditional, but I also wanted to bring in a few surprises as a musical Christmas gift for the audience," Sutton explains.
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However, the evening's highlight for Sutton will be the audience sing-along.
"I love how this offers us the chance to lift our spirits and voices together," he confides.
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The 2014-2015 concert season, the Chorale's 40th season and the fifth under the direction of Dr. John Sutton, will kick off with a rousing encore performance of Robert Ray's Gospel Mass (September 13), followed by An AmericanChristmas celebration (December 13), Dvorak's Stabat Mater (March 29), and NEXT: A Preview of What's To Come (June 13), featuring works by musicians ranging from Orff and Mozart to Led Zeppelin, U2 and the Beach Boys.
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ABOUT ARTISTIC DIRECTOR JOHN SUTTON
John Sutton's professional choral career spans over four decades of work in the community, church, academic, and professional settings. From major choral and instrumental works, concert and chamber choirs, to music for television and movies, John is recognized for his work with children, youth, adults, and with amateurs and professionals alike. Today is one of the most active professional conductors in the nation, conducting over 400 singers and orchestra members weekly.
As a student, Dr. Sutton has studied with some of the most distinguished conductors in the field of choral music. John holds degrees from Northwest University (B.A. in Sacred Music and Biblical Literature), San José State University where he was a student of Dr. Charlene Archibeque (MA in Choral Conducting), and the University of California at Los Angeles, where his mentoring professor was Donald Neuen (DMA in Choral Conducting). He continues to actively study with both Dr. Archibeque and Professor Neuen.
Beyond his focused choral training in the university setting, John has studied and performed with notable choral luminaries such as Robert Shaw, Helmuth Rilling, Eric Ericson, Weston Noble, Frank Pooler, Howard Swan, Paul Salamunovich, Anton Armstrong, Eph Ely, Jerry Blackstone, and others.
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In 2011, Dr. Sutton led choirs on concert tours of Argentina and the Southern United States. In 2012, John prepared choirs from the United States and United Kingdom for performances at the Brittania Music festivities in Birmingham and London, England.
His enthusiasm for the choral art and his commitment to excellence has made him a popular choral clinician, festival conductor and adjudicator, leading workshops for the American Choral Directors Association, the National Association of Church Musicians, American Christian Schools International, Choristers Guild, the national Conference on Liturgy and Worship, the Mount Herman Summer Choral Camp, and many others. In January of 2010 he was the featured speaker at the National Association of Church Musicians, Mid-Winter Conference. In 2011, John was the featured clinician for the Lake Tahoe "Summer Sing," and in June 2013, Dr. Sutton was the featured clinician and guest conductor at the Exultate Deo Choral Festival in Buenas Aires, Argentina. In 2015-'16 John will be conducting concerts, adjudicating choral festivals, and leading choral workshops throughout California, Oregon, and Washington.
Since moving to Los Angeles in 2000, John has conducted choral music heard on weekly television series, and national ad campaigns for major motion pictures such as the Harry Potter series, the Spider Man series, The Divinci Code, Fantastic Four, and countless others. In 2005, he was appointed as the Music Director/Conductor for the Los Angeles Philharmonic's annual Christmas Holiday Sing-a-Long.
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In May, 2014, Dr. Sutton was the inaugural recipient of the Faith & Fine Arts Award, presented by the APU's College of Music and the Arts.
John is an Associate Professor at APU in the College of Music and the Arts, where he leads and gives vision to the entire choral program as the Director of Choral Activities. He conducts the Oratorio Choir and the University Choir and Orchestra, in addition to teaching classes in conducting, and Church Music. Dr. Sutton continues to lead and consult with the choral and worship programs at Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena, where he has served since Fall 2000.
John resides in Altadena, California with his wife, Dr. Cecilia Patiño-Sutton.
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John Sutton, DMA

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