Karen P. Thomas
Karen P. Thomas, composer and conductor, is the Artistic Director and Conductor of Seattle Pro Musica, with whom she has produced ten 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. With Seattle Pro Musica she has collaborated with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and co-hosted the 2013 Chorus America National Conference. She has appeared as guest conductor at numerous festivals and has presented lectures for the American Guild of Organists National Convention, the Chorus America Conference, the American Choral Directors Association, and the World Festival of Women’s Singing. She has guest conducted at international festivals in Europe and North America, at the Berkshire Choral Festival, and for conventions of the American Choral Director’s Association and the American Guild of Organists, and has been lauded for her “charismatic...magnetic podium presence.” Ms. Thomas is a recipient of composition grants and awards from the NEA, American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and ASCAP, among others. Her commissions include works for the Grand Jubilee in Rome, the American Guild of Organists, and the Association of Anglican Musicians. Thomas' compositions are regularly performed internationally, by groups such as The Hilliard Ensemble and The Vocal Consort of Brussels, among numerous others. She currently serves on the Seattle Music Commission, and on the boards of the American Choral Directors Association (NW Region), the Greater Seattle Choral Consortium, and the Seattle Girl’s Choir, and recently completed her term on the Board of Governors for the Recording Academy (Grammy - Pacific NW). She is the recipient of the 2012 ACDA Washington State Outstanding Choral Conductor Award.