JOHN SUTTON, Artistic Director
John Sutton, Angeles Chorale Artistic Director, has been with the Chorale since its 2004-2005 season. In 1982, Sutton received his Bachelor of Arts in Sacred Music and Bible Literature from Northwest College and in 1997 he earned the Master of Arts in Choral Conducting from San Jose State University, where he was a student of Dr. Charlene Archibeque. In 2010, he was awarded his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from UCLA where he was a student with Professor Donald Neuen.
As a full-time professional musician for more than 20 years, Sutton has distinguished himself in the area of Church Choral Music, establishing programs which have attracted over 400 weekly singers in choir programs for grades K–12, and adults. Serving communities in Oregon, Washington, Colorado and California, he is known for impacting the community through his active involvement and leadership in the arts. Sutton has been active in ongoing training for choir members and in 1991 established the Tri-Valley Choral Workshop in the San Francisco Bay Area, which grew to be the largest single day choral event in the nation for church choir members.
In addition, he has performed extensively throughout the United States and abroad in choral concert tours and recording projects which include performances at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and Constitution Hall.
Sutton resides in Pasadena, California with his wife Dr. Cecilia Patiño–Sutton. He is currently an Assistant Professor at Azusa Pacific University where he lectures in the School of Music and serves as the Director of Choral Activities and as the Director of their Artist Concert Series. He is also currently the Interim Director of Adult Choral Music and Worship at Lake Avenue Congregational Church in Pasadena.