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Karen P. Thomas: “I Dwell in Possibility,” a new work for Cantamus

On June 15, 2013 at Seattle’s Town Hall all five levels of Seattle Girls’ Choir will premiere newly commissioned works. Composer Karen P. Thomas was commissioned to write for the Cantamus ensemble of Seattle Girls’ Choir directed by Alex Gagiu.


I Dwell in Possibility

Karen P. Thomas, poem: Emily Dickinson

I dwell in Possibility–
A fairer House than Prose–
More numerous of Windows–
Superior–for Doors–

Of Chambers as the Cedars–
Impregnable of Eye–
And for an Everlasting Roof
The Gambrels of the Sky–

Of Visitors–the fairest–
For Occupation–This–
The spreading wide my narrow Hands
To gather Paradise–

I chose this poem by Emily Dickinson for its uplifting message of the wide world of possibilities that await us in our life journey. –Karen Thomas

New works will also be premiered by SGC Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus Dr. Jerome Wright, Seattle Composer John Muehleisen, SGC alumnae Katie Bent and Amanda Kunz, and SGC Allegra Conductor Aimee Mell.

Tickets are available at 206-526-1900 or http://www.seattlegirlschoir.org


Karen P. Thomas, composer and conductor, is the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Seattle Pro Musica. Her compositions are performed and broadcast throughout the world, by groups such as The Hilliard Ensemble and the Vocal Consort of Brussels. Her works are published by Santa Barbara Music Publishing and at this website, and have been featured at numerous ACDA and AGO conferences.

A prize-winning composer, she has received grants from the NEA, The American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and Meet the Composer, among numerous others.

As a conductor, Ms. Thomas has produced nine critically-acclaimed CDs, and received the Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence and the ASCAP-Chorus America Award. She has appeared as guest conductor at international festivals in Europe and North America, and the NPR radio show Saint Paul Sunday. She received the 2012 Outstanding Choral Director Award for Washington State, and currently serves on the boards of the Pacific NW Chapter for the Recording Academy (Grammy), the American Choral Directors Association (NW Division), and the Greater Seattle Choral Consortium.


Seattle Girls’ Choir Celebrates 30 Years of Inspiration with Six World Premieres


On June 15, 2013 at Seattle’s Town Hall all five levels of SGC choirs will perform newly commissioned works. Each choir will present a piece, and the combined SGC choirs will sing a work by SGC Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus, Dr. Jerome Wright.

Here is a preview of his new work, Bound for Seattle:

Bound for Seattle is “A Five-Minute History of Seattle,” set on board a 19th century clipper ship bound for Seattle and told by various waves of immigrants: Sailors, miners, and brides from New England. The song is in the form of a sea chantey (or shantey, shanty or chanty). Each verse of the piece has a distinct flavor…so I developed variations on the harmony and style to accommodate the different groups. For example, there is a section of the second verse dealing with home-sickness and how the sight of the Olympics had a healing effect. The score is very open, with the counter melodies reminiscent of alpenhorns. The raucous miners are accompanied by what I call “saloon piano” – while the brides have a piano accompaniment in the style of an 18th century piano sonata.
The last verse has two parts. In the verse, sung a cappella, the inhabitants of Seattle dream of a future metropolis; and the final chorus is set in the present, and sung by the lucky inhabitants of our great city.
I quote popular music of the period, and am not shy to use quodlibet. See how many bits of other songs you can find as you listen. My intention was to create a light and joyous song: fun for all ages to sing, and a delight to hear. I hope you enjoy “Bound for Seattle” as much as I enjoyed composing it! – Jerome Wright

New pieces by John Muehleisen, Karen Thomas, Aimee Mell, and alumnae Katie Bent and Amanda Kunz will also be premiered.

Tickets are available at 206-526-1900 or http://www.seattlegirlschoir.org

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SAVE THE DATE! Seattle Girls’ Choir 30th Anniversary Events! ACT Theatre & More!


March 15 and 16–30th Anniversary Party and Workshop – Celebrating our Alumnae and 30 Years of SGC!

In celebration of SGC’s 30th anniversary,  we are excited to announce a wonderful spring weekend of SGC and alumnae music making and togetherness!

The weekend will have two main events:

On Friday evening, March 15, we will have a Cabaret Night at the ACT Theater’s Bullitt Cabaret!  The evening will include performances from accomplished SGC alumnae performers – games of chance – food and drink – and a cash bar!  The whole SCG community is invited (under 21 welcome).  Alumnae – track down your choir friends and spread the word!  We would love to see a grand alumnae gathering – bring family, friends and dates – it will be a great party! Would you like to volunteer? Contact us at info @ seattlegirlschoir. org

On Saturday, March 16, we are planning a workshop and afternoon concert with all SGC choirs and faculty, and alumnae under the direction of Dr. Wright.  An opportunity to make sweet music together to welcome the spring!

June 15, our Grand 30th Celebration Concert!

Saturday, June 15, join us for our grand celebration of 30 years, featuring all choirs and special commissioned works from Dr. Wright, distinguished composers, SGC faculty and alumnae & more! Town Hall, Seattle.

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