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Karen P. Thomas, composer and conductor, 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 compositions are regularly performed internationally, by groups such as The Hilliard Ensemble, and have been praised as “…superb work of the utmost sensitivity and beauty.” 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 is a recipient of composition grants and awards from the NEA, American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and ASCAP, among others. Her compositions are performed world-wide and have been awarded prizes in various competitions, and her commissions include works for the Grand Jubilee 2000 in Rome, the American Guild of Organists, and the Goodwill Arts Festival. 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. Currently serving on the board of the American Choral Director’s Association for the Northwest Division, Ms. Thomas has been a Board member of the Conductor’s Guild, the International Alliance for Women in Music and of the League-ISCM, and has served on the faculties of Pacific Lutheran University, Evergreen State College, Cornish College and Edmonds Community College.