Karen P. Thomas will compose a piece for STAB chorus with piano accompaniment. The text for this piece will be secular.
Participating choruses will receive the completed piece on February 1, 2021 via PDF. They can premiere the work in their communities until June 30, 2021, at which time the piece will be made available for sale to the public. Participating ensembles will share the commissions (and printed dedications) equally. Participation must be confirmed and payment processed prior to August 14, 2020.
-- ABOUT THE COMPOSER --
Karen P. Thomas is a nationally known leader in the field of choral music and performance, as a conductor, composer, and arts advocate. An award-winning composer, her music has been praised as “superb work of the utmost sensitivity and beauty.” Her music is regularly performed internationally by groups such as The Hilliard Ensemble, The Vocal Consort of Brussels, NOTUS, and Cathedra of the Washington National Cathedral. Among her numerous commissions are works for the Harvard/Radcliffe Choirs, the Grand Jubilee in Rome, the American Guild of Organists, and the Association of Anglican Musicians.
In addition to her work as a composer, Karen is also the Artistic Director and Conductor of Seattle Pro Musica. She has conducted at international festivals in Europe and North America, including the Berkshire Choral International and the Bergen International Festival. She has lectured for Chorus America, the American Guild of Organists, the American Choral Director’s Association, and the Seattle Symphony, and she has received awards from the NEA, American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and ASCAP, among others. Named the Washington State “Outstanding Choral Director” for 2012, she has been recognized for her “charismatic…magnetic podium presence” and “sweeping vision.”
She serves on the boards of Chorus America and the American Choral Directors Association, and was a founding member of the Greater Seattle Choral Consortium. For her leadership in multiple areas, including making choral ensembles welcoming spaces for transgender and nonbinary singers, she received a 2018 Seattle Mayor’s Arts Award.