Beauty Is Before Me, Thomas

SATB, a capella

“Beauty is before me, I am surrounded by it, I am immersed in it.” This tender Navajo prayer is set in a gently undulating 7/8 rhythm. Perfect for weddings and other rites of passage.

Text

Beauty is before me,
and beauty behind me.
Above me and below me
hovers the beautiful.
I am surrounded by it,
I am immersed in it.

In my youth, I am aware of it,
and, in old age,
I shall walk quietly the beautiful trail.

In beauty it is begun.
In beauty, it is ended.

Navajo text

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About Karen P. Thomas

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 Lucis Music and Santa Barbara Music Publishing, 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.