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Ms. Rhoda Sutton

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Department(s) Fine Arts
Title(s) Teacher, Moderator, Hi-Def Men's A Cappella, Moderator, Women's A Cappella Grou[
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Ms. Sutton is a singer/songwriter from Washington, D.C. Ms. Sutton was educated in the Washington, D.C. public schools and graduated with honors from McKinley Technical High School. She received a Bachelor of Music degree with an emphasis on voice from Howard University in 1981. She later received a Master of Education degree from Bowie State University.

Ms. Sutton studied voice with famed sopranos Jeanette Walters and Matawilda Dobbs. Ms. Sutton had served as Minister of Music at the Park Road Community Church from 1988 - 2008. She was twice appointed Music Director for the International Council of Community Churches Annual Conference in 1999 and 2000. Ms. Sutton was a featured vocalist for Alvin Ailey's Revelations presented at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 1982. She was also a featured performer in the off-Broadway production, Rhapsody in Black in 1986.

Ms. Sutton has garnered eighteen years of teaching to her credit. She has been a part of the Bishop McNamara faculty for the past sixteen years. She is a member of the National Association of Music Education. Ms. Sutton penned hundreds of compositions mostly for choir. Some of her compositions have been recorded by local Christian musical artists. In 2002, she composed Mass of McNamara to commemorate the completion of the Fine Arts and Athletic Center. She also wrote the school song, To Think With Christ.

Her Favorite Quotation: "What you think about, you bring about." Rhonda Byrne

Most Memorable Artistic Moment: In 1981, I was a featured vocalist in jazz pianist Mary Lou Williams' Mary Lou's Mass at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Ms. Williams accompanied at the piano along with her quartet. The performance took place two months before Ms. Williams' death.

Most Memorable Teaching Moment: My most memorable teaching moment was watching the MG Magic Show Choir render a stellar performance at the Fiesta-Val Band and Choral Festival held in Atlanta, Georgia.