Prayer of Black Elk, Thomas

SATB, piano

“Hear me, four quarters of the world. A relative I am!” This profound statement of the prayer of Sioux Indian Black Elk dramatically begins this piece. Upbeat in tempo, with a spirited piano or organ accompaniment and harmonic color, this text speaks of peace and humanity.

Program Note

Prayer of Black Elk is a setting of an English translation of the prayer by the Sioux leader, Black Elk.

Notes on preparation and performance

May be performed with piano or organ – select the accompaniment version you would like.


Hear me four quarters of the world.
A relative I am!
Give me the strength to walk the soft earth.
Give me the eyes to see and the strength to understand.
Look upon these faces of children without number,
that they may face the winds
and walk the good road till the day of quiet.
This is my prayer; hear me.

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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.