About Northwest Choral Publishers

NW Choral Publishers directly connects singers and conductors with composers from the Northwest United States. Founded by composers Karen Thomas, John Muelheisen, and Reginald Unterseher in 2012, NWChoral.com is the place where you can see scores, hear recordings, and then purchase scores for your choruses. All of the NW Choral Composers are experienced with commissioning, as well, and would love to write new pieces for your choruses.

Reginald Unterseher

Reginald UnterseherReginald Unterseher is Music Director and Composer-in-Residence at Shalom United Church of Christ, Richland, Washington. His works are published by Oxford University Press, Walton Music, and through NW Choral Publishing at www.reginaldunterseher.com.

He is the Washington State Music Teacher’s Association’s “Composer of the Year” for 2013.

Mr. Unterseher’s compositions are regularly performed throughout the world and have been featured at ACDA and MENC conventions in the US as well as at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

He currently serves as Repertoire & Standards Chair for Men’s Choirs for the Northwest Division of the American Choral Director’s Association, and is in demand as a choral and vocal adjudicator and clinician. Mr. Untereseher is a past Artistic Director of Consort Columbia (now Mid-Columbia Mastersingers), founder and past Chorus Master of Washington East Opera, and an active member of Male Ensemble Northwest.


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Karen P. Thomas

Karen P. ThomasKaren 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 ten 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 American Choral Directors Association (NW Division) and the Greater Seattle Choral Consortium, and is a commissioner on the Seattle Music Commission.


John Muehleisen

John MuehleisenJohn Muehleisen specializes in works for choir and solo voice. Since 1996, he has served as Composer-in-Residence and Artistic Advisor for Seattle-based Opus 7 Vocal Ensemble, directed by Loren Pontén and has written more than fifteen works for the group—most recently Eat Your Vegetables! for mixed choir and clarinet—a setting of humorous poems about vegetables by Nortwest poet Joanne Gunnerson.

John’s works have been performed and recorded by numerous ensembles in the US, Canada, and Europe, including Bellevue Chamber Chorus, Choral Arts (Seattle), Choral Arts Ensemble (Rochester, MN), Conspirare, the Dale Warland Singers, The Esoterics, Musa Horti (Belgium), Northwest Girlchoir, Opus 7, The Richard Zielinski Singers, Seattle Girls Choir, Seattle Pro Musica, Vocal Arts Ensemble (Cincinnati), numerous college and university choirs, and the Louisville Orchestra.

Nearly half of his 30+ choral works have been commercially recorded and released or are pending release.


Brian Galante

Brian E GalanteBrian Edward Galante continues to find success and acclaim as a composer and arranger. His compositions are published by GalanteMusic, Walton and Colla Voce Music, have been performed by professional, collegiate, and advanced high school choirs throughout the United States and Europe, and recorded for commercial release by Centaur Records, MSR Classic, and PLU Media. He is the recipient of multiple ASCAP Plus awards, and in 2014-2015, he returns to the Taylor Festival Choir (Charleston, SC) as composer-in-residence.

Brian is Associate Director of Choral Activities at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington, where he conducts the Chorale, University Singers (Women’s Chorus) and Men’s Chorus. He also teaches undergraduate courses in Vocal Pedagogy for the Choral Music Educator, Choral Methods, Choral Literature, and Conducting.