"NEXT! will be a very eclectic concert," Artistic Director John Sutton admits with a smile.
But it is also a lot of fun," says Sutton
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 and Mozart to Led Zeppelin, U2 and the Beach Boys.
ABOUT ARTISTIC DIRECTOR JOHN SUTTON
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
conducts the Oratorio Choir and the University Choir and Orchestra
, in addition to teaching classes in conducting, and Church Music.
has served the students of APU
since Fall, 2000.
continues to lead and consult with the choral and worship programs at Lake Avenue Church
in Pasadena, where he
has served since Fall, 2000.
resides in Altadena, California with his wife, Dr. Cecilia Patiño-Sutton.