thomasKaren P. Thomas receives the Dale Warland Singers Commission Award

The 2015 recipient of the Dale Warland Singers Commission Award is the Young Women's Choral Projects of San Francisco, conducted by Susan McMane. They will partner with Seattle-area composer and conductor Karen P. Thomas to compose a multi-movement work for YWCP's premier ensemble (the Young Women's Chorus of San Francisco) set to poetry by Sara Teasdale, focusing on texts that are particularly relevant to young women.

Thomas will work with the chorus to choose phrases that are especially meaningful to the singers, and selections from their highlighted words and melodic fragments will be woven into the texture of the composition. The piece will receive its world premiere at the end of the chorus’s 2015-2016 season.

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