John Sutton, DMA


Professor; Director of Choral Activities; Conductor of Choral Scholars; Conductor of University Choir; Choral Conducting

Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 3581

Fax: (626) 969-7419

Email: [email protected]

Office Location: Warren Music Center, Room 201

Video Introduction

John Sutton’s professional career spans three decades of work in the community, church, academic, and professional settings. From major choral and instrumental works, to music for television and movies, John is recognized for his work with children, youth, adults, and with amateurs and professionals alike. He is one of the most active professional conductors in the nation, conducting over 400 singers and orchestra members weekly. Dr. Sutton has conducted throughout Europe, Asia, South America, and across the United States. He is the founding conductor/choral clinician for the Exulate Deo Festival in Buenas Aires. He most recently conducted on stage at the Hollywood Bowl with Barbara Streisand (2012) and at Walt Disney Concert Hall with Julie Andrews (2012, 2013). His choral work can be heard on the publicity campaigns for the Spider Man, Harry Potter movie series, and many, many, more. John holds degrees in music from Northwest University, San José State University, and UCLA. His mentors include Dr. Charlene Archibeque, Donald Neuen, and he has worked and performed with notable conductors such as Robert Shaw, Eric Ericsen, Weston Noble, Grant Gershon, Paul Salamunovich, Dale Warland, and Gustavo Dudamel.


  • DMA, Choral Conducting, University of California, Los Angeles (2009)
  • MA, Choral Conducting, San Jose State University (1997)
  • BA, Sacred Music and Biblical Literature, Northwest College (1982)

Academic Area

  • School of Music (College of the Arts)


  • Sacred Music
  • Choral conducting
  • Worship and praise expression

Courses Taught

  • GMUS 511 – Conducting III (Applied Lessons)
  • GMUS 512 – Conducting IV (Applied Lessons)
  • GMUS 588 – Ensemble (Opera)
  • MUS 170 – Oratorio Choir
  • MUS 210 – Performance Forum
  • MUS 242 – University Choir
  • MUS 361 – Introduction to Conducting
  • MUS 362 – Choral Conducting
  • MUS 447 – Church Music and Worship I
  • MUS 454 – Church Music and Worship Internship II