Kevin Sutton has enjoyed a long a varied career in music as a tenor soloist, conductor, professional chorister, music critic and essayist and teacher.
He received his early training at Ball State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Music degree in voice in 1986. He went on to earn a Master of Church Music degree in conducting from Scarritt Graduate School in 1988, and pursued post-graduate study at the University of North Texas. He has studied with an international who’s who of renowned teachers including John Meadows, Philip Ewart, William Wakeland, Douglas Amman, Ruth Wakeland, Mildred Milford, Sandra Willetts, Charlene Harb, Lawrence Bond, Christer Solen, Max van Egmond, Nancy Zylstra, Jeannine Crader, David Sundquist, and Henry Gibbons.
As a soloist, Mr. Sutton is in demand for his flexible lyric tenor voice, especially for his work in early music and in lieder singing. He is also at home in contemporary music, frequently performing the works of Mid-century masters such as Benjamin Britten, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Ronald Roseman and Dominic Argento to currently active composers such as Brent Meyer, James MacMillan, Daniel Smolenski and many others.
As a professional chorister, Mr. Sutton is known for his impeccable intonation, flawless sight reading skills and for his encyclopedic knowledge of repertoire from more than eight centuries. He has sung with dozens of professional choirs including The Orchestra and Chorus of New Spain, The Dallas Bach Society, the Denton Bach Society, The Chancel Choir of the Church of the Incarnation, The St. Rita Choir, The Orpheus Chamber Singers, Musikanten Montana, New Trinity Baroque, The Texas Choral Artists and many more.
In 1999, he founded The Helios Ensemble, a consort of musicians dedicated to performing choral works, chamber operas and vocal chamber music. As a conductor Mr. Sutton is known for his vast knowledge of styles and repertoire, his imaginative programming and for his ability to shape and mold choirs of diverse experience into a unified ensemble. His clear and precise gesture, his remarkable ear for color and intonation and his experience as a singer and chorister himself make him a conductor of immense skill and versatility.
Teaching is also a huge part of Mr.Sutton’s career, and one that he cherishes above all the others. Sharing great music with students of all experience and skill levels is the hallmark of his pedagogy. Mr. Sutton believes that everyone and anyone can be made richer through the study of music, which is why any student willing to explore and learn is accepted into his studio. While he has taught many seasoned professionals and advanced students who have gone on to pursue careers in music, Mr. Sutton is equally dedicated to the amateur musicians who seek his help to enrich their lives through what he believes is “the noblest of all the arts.”
In addition to his classical music pursuits, Kevin Sutton is involved in Musical Theatre; in writing, both as music critic and essayist on a number of contemporary topics and issues, and in the other fine arts. He is an enthusiastic collector of recordings, specifically on vinyl records. He is an avid reader, usually devouring two to three books each week, and he loves to cook, frequently entertaining friends and colleagues at dinner parties in his Dallas home.
Kevin Sutton is dedicated to life and all its good pursuits. A deeply spiritual person, he is devoted to the study and practice of Christianity and Buddhism.