Ancient Souls, Thomas

SATB div., organ

Featuring a prominent organ part, this work is a plea for human tolerance and inclusivity.

Program Note

Ancient Souls was commissioned by the American Guild of Organists for the 2000 National Convention.  The text, by Seattle poet Molly McGee, is a plea for human tolerance and inclusivity.


The soul is an ancient town
where saints once walked, the vaulted
roofs resounded with mercy’s
alchemy, God’s inclusive voice.
Then the walls became high
with indifference. We were complex,
concordance in pantomime.
The squalid currency of fear
was passed from mind to mind
and our regrets, nocturnal,
assembled in silence.

Now, oh God, let your towering song be released.
Let compassion’s hymn wake the town;
liberate the simple fountains
and the luminous bells of grace.

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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.