Artistic and Administrative Staff
karen p. thomas
artistic DIRECTOR and conductor
Karen P. Thomas has served as the artistic director and conductor of Seattle Pro Musica since 1987. With Seattle Pro Musica she has produced ten critically-acclaimed commercial CD recordings, and has received the Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence and the ASCAP-Chorus America Award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music. She has appeared as guest conductor at the Bergen International Festival, International Conference on Women in Music, the Alliance World Festival of Women’s Singing, Festival Vancouver in Canada, the NPR radio show Saint Paul Sunday, and at the American Guild of Organists National Convention and the American Choral Directors Association NW Division Convention, among numerous others. Read Karen's full bio.
Katie Skovholt holds an MBA from Pacific Lutheran University, as well as a Bachelor of Music Education degree. She is a member of Chorus America and the Greater Seattle Choral Consortium and has served on the Board of Directors of the Tahoma Girls Choir. Ms. Skovholt is active on national conference panels and committees and most recently represented Seattle Pro Musica as part of the national cohort of the Intrinsic Impact Audience Project, a two-year study of choral music audiences done in partnership with Chorus America and arts consulting firm WolfBrown. Prior to joining the staff at Seattle Pro Musica, Ms. Skovholt worked for Pacific Lutheran University's School of Arts & Communication.
Ms. Skovholt is also in demand as a soprano soloist in the Puget Sound region, hailed for outstanding and expressive singing. Recently, she was a featured vocalist on the 2015 GRAMMY Award-winning album Winds of Samsara. In addition to her position with Seattle Pro Musica, she serves as Director of Music for Richmond Beach Congregational Church.
CAROLINE LITTLE, ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
Born and raised in the Midwest, Caroline Little discovered her passion for arts administration upon receiving the Oberlin Conservatory Initiative Grant Supporting Imagination and Excellence, which enabled her to travel to Finland to study Body Mapping at the Sibelius Academy. To better realize her newfound passion, Caroline transferred to DePaul University, where she earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Performing Arts Management and a minor in Business Administration. While there she interned with several arts organizations, including the historic Auditorium Theatre in Chicago. Caroline most recently served as an Assistant Operations Manager with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras.
An avid flutist, Caroline has performed in masterclasses with Jonathan Keeble, Linda Toote, Judith Mendenhall, and Keith Underwood. She primarily studied with Alyce Johnson.
HEIDI J. KIM
SOPRANO SECTION LEADER
Heidi J. Kim, soprano, has had a varied career as a soloist and member of some of the United States’ most prestigious professional choirs. She has sung with Conspirare, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, and the Robert Shaw Festival Singers with whom she appeared on the GRAMMY-nominated CD, Evocation of the Spirit. She co-founded Portland Pro Musica (Maine), an early music vocal chamber ensemble that debuted in 2004 to critical acclaim. She has sung for many internationally renowned conductors including Robert Shaw, Helmuth Rilling, Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen, James Conlon, Peter Schreier, and Placido Domingo. She is currently a member of the St. Mark’s Cathedral Choir in addition to serving as soprano section leader for Seattle Pro Musica.
Tenor Section Leader
Kevin Kralman, a musician active in the Seattle area, has been with Seattle Pro Musica since 2003. He appears regularly with ensembles locally and abroad, including the Seattle Symphony, where he has performed under countless renowned conductors such as Helmuth Rilling, Itzhak Perlman, and Dale Warland. Kevin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with a minor in Music from the University of Puget Sound, where he studied voice and conducting and performed in several vocal ensembles.
Bass Section Leader
Peter Lifland, bass, has sung with Seattle Pro Musica since moving to Washington in 2010. In addition to singing with Seattle Pro Musica, Peter sings for a number of professional chamber choirs in the Seattle area, including the Tudor Choir, the Byrd Ensemble, and Vox16. Before moving to Seattle, Peter sang under Jameson Marvin in the Harvard Glee Club and Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum and he conducted the a cappella group Harvard Glee Club Lite. When he is not singing, Peter spends time in Redmond with his wife Brooke and works as a data analyst for Microsoft.
Jenn Newland joined Seattle Pro Musica as a singer in 2001, and has proudly served on the board and as Auction Committee chair in the past, and now as Stage Manager. Jenn's priority is ensuring performance management details are presented in a focused manner, allowing the singers more time to enjoy the part they love best - singing unique and challenging music beautifully, so as to touch the souls of our audience members.
In her professional life, she is the Property Manager for Hill Street Investment, LLC and Rain Shadow Properties and Investments, LLC, and also works part time as a Limited Practice Officer for First American Title.