Karen P. Thomas
Location: Washington, USA
Karen P. Thomas, conductor and composer, is the Artistic Director and Conductor of Seattle Pro Musica. With Seattle Pro Musica she has produced seven critically-acclaimed commercial CD recordings, and has received the Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence and the ASCAP-Chorus America Award for Adventuresome Programming of Contemporary Music. Her conducting has received critical praise for its “integrity and high purpose...delivered with taste and impeccable musicianship…” and she has been lauded for her “charismatic...magnetic podium presence.”
Ms. Thomas has guest conducted at international festivals in Europe and North America, and for conventions of the American Choral Director’s Association and the American Guild of Organists. In 2007 she hosted the NEA-funded American Masterpieces Choral Festival in Seattle, featuring twelve top choirs from the Pacific Northwest. She currently serves on the Pacific NW Chapter Board of Governors for the Recording Academy (Grammy), the Northwest Division board of the American Choral Director’s Association, the board of the Greater Seattle Choral Consortium, and the Advisory Board of the Seattle Girl’s Choir. She has served on the faculties of Pacific Lutheran University, Evergreen State College, and Cornish College of the Arts.
A prize-winning composer, Ms. Thomas’s compositions are regularly performed internationally, by groups such as The Hilliard Ensemble, The Vocal Consort of Brussels, and the San Francisco Girls Chorus, and have been praised as “…superb work of the utmost sensitivity and beauty.” She has received composition grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and ASCAP, among others.
Information about Ms. Thomas’ choral, instrumental, opera, theater and solo works can be found on her website at www.karenpthomas.com