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Dr. John Sutton B.

Artistic Director

Angeles Chorale

HQ Phone: (818) 591-1735

Angeles Chorale

20929 Ventura Blvd. Suite 47

Woodland Hills, California 91364

United States

Company Description

"Every member of the Angeles Chorale is dedicated to the highest level of professional performance. We always strive to present our audiences with a musical experience that they will never forget." more

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Background Information

Employment History

Associate Professor
Azusa Pacific University

Affiliations

Board Member
Choristers Guild

Board Member
The Tidewater Winds

Clinician
Lake Avenue Church

Education

B.A.

Northwest University

music degrees

Northwest College

Web References (196 Total References)


"Orff authorized a version of Carmina ...

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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


Angeles Chorale | Celebrating 40 Years - 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 40th anniversary season, The Story of Us!


Chorale Leadership - Angeles Chorale | Celebrating 40 Years

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Artistic Director, John Sutton

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John Sutton, Angeles Chorale Artistic Director, has been with the Chorale since its 2004-2005 season. His 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.


Meet our Artistic Director, John ...

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Meet our Artistic Director, John Sutton, and join our singers, donors and audience members for conversation and light refreshments.


"With this concert, a gala celebration ...

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"With this concert, a gala celebration of our 40th anniversary, we are honoring our heritage and returning to our original mission, which was to explore the repertoire of great choral masterworks," explains Sutton. "Dvorak's Stabat Mater seems the perfect choice because it is not only a big, festive, wonderful work of great beauty, sound, color and intensity, but it is also a transcendent human story of love and hope that persist despite great loss. Tell me, who won't be touched by that?"

Sutton, who wrote his doctoral thesis on Dvorak's Stabat Mater, found that the composer first set the piece for piano, chorus and soloists after the loss of his infant daughter.
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"So in the span of two years, Dvorak and his wife lost three children," says Sutton.
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"We are part of a resurgence of interest in the work," Sutton says.
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John Sutton, Artistic Director of the Angeles Chorale, and Antonin Dvorak III had gin and tonics together in the kitchen.
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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 fromOrff, Verdi, Gershwin, Mozart, Morten Lauridsen, and Eric Whitacre 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 2014-'15, John will be conducting concerts, adjudicating choral festivals, and leading choral workshops throughout Texas, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Arizona, and New Mexico.
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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Most recently, Dr. Sutton prepared the Angeles Chorale for a Hollywood Bowl concert with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in an evening of music dedicated to the composers of China (July, 2014).
2010 marked Dr. Sutton being named as the Artistic Director of the Angles Chorale, and being selected as the Azusa Pacific University (APU) nominee for the national Arlin G. Meyer Award for Outstanding Musical Performance. 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. He has served the students of APU since Fall, 2000. 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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