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John Sutton, DMA

Chair of Choral Activities
Conductor of Oratorio Choir
Conductor of University Choir and Orchestra
Choral Conducting
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 3581
Fax: (626) 969-7419
John Sutton has been a full-time professional church musician for 20 years. He has directed active church music programs involving more than 300 participants in choral, handbell, and instrumental groups. He is a choral clinician, guest conductor, and frequent conference speaker, bringing to church groups the WorshipLAB experience. He also leads workshops and seminars on worship and choral music. Sutton has appeared as a guest conductor, clinician, or speaker for groups such as the American Choral Directors’ Association, Choristers’ Guild, the National Association for Church Musicians, Augsburg Publishing House, the Mt. Hermon Conference on Church Music and Worship, Church Music Northwest, and others.

Sutton teaches church music and practical musicianship classes, is one of APU’s choral conductors, and serves as the director of the School of Music’s Artist Concert Series, conductor of Oratorio Choir, and conductor of University Choir and Orchestra.


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)


  • College of Music and the Arts
  • School of Music


  • Choral Conducting
  • Sacred Music

Professional/Scholarly Presentations

Choral Conductor, Festival of Choirs, Lake Avenue Church

Presenter, "Intergenerational Worship," Conference on Liturgy and Worship, 2004

Presenter, "Worship," national summer conference, National Association of Church Musicians

Presenter, "Worship," Free Methodcist Church of Southern California

Professional Experience

Academic Experience
Conductor, University Choir & Orchestra, 2008 - present Co-conductor, University Choir & Orchestra, 2007-2008

Conductor, Oratorio Choir, 2003 - present

Clinical Work
Clinician, The National Association of Church Musicians

Clinician, Choristers' Guild

Clinician, Association of Christian Schools International

Clinician, American Choral Directors Association

Industry Experience
Founder, Tri-Valley Choral Workshop and Festival, 1991

Professional Involvement and Accomplishments

Associations, Boards, Committees
National Board of Choristers Guild