Board of Directors
A leadership team with a passionate belief in the power of choral music, our board is committed to enabling Seattle Pro Musica to maintain artistic excellence and a sound fiscal foundation.
Joy Portella, President
President and Founder, Minerva Strategies
Wes Kim, Vice President
Senior UX Content Writer, AT&T
Katy Sarff, Corporate Secretary
Office Administrator and Bookkeeper, Luther Memorial Lutheran Church
Rick Johnson, Treasurer
Chief Financial Officer, Seattle Opera
Chief of Staff for Ancillary and Nursing Services, Kaiser Permanente Washington
Master Esthetician, Alliance Healing Arts
Manager for Technical Delivery and Intake, T-Mobile
Physician, Group Health Cooperative, ret.
Associate Member - Clinical Statistics, Clinical Research Division, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Project Manager of Software Development, CUSO Financial Services
Seattle Pro Musica Advisory Board
Dean Arnold, Past Board Member and Leader of Strategic Planning
Keith Axelsen, President Emeritus
Mona Dworkin, President Emeritus
Samuel F. Dworkin, DDS, PhD, President Emeritus
Mike Evans, President Emeritus
Phil Haas, President Emeritus
Noreen King, President Emeritus
Teena Littleton, President Emeritus
Terri Lords, President Emeritus
John Schilling, President Emeritus
Dale Whitehead, Past Board Member and Auction Advisor
Artistic and Administrative Staff
Karen P. Thomas
Conductor & Artistic Director
Karen P. Thomas has served as the artistic director and conductor of Seattle Pro Musica since 1987. With Seattle Pro Musica she has produced seven 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.
Prior to joining the staff at Seattle Pro Musica in 2010, Katie Skovholt worked for Pacific Lutheran University's School of Arts & Communication. She earned her Bachelor of Music Education degree from PLU in 2006, and completed her Master of Business Administration coursework in 2010. She recently completed her tenure as soprano soloist, cantor, and section leader for Plymouth Congregational Church, Seattle, and now serves as Choir Director for Richmond Beach Congregational Church in Shoreline. Katie is in demand as a soloist in the Puget Sound region, hailed for outstanding and expressive singing. Recently, Katie was a featured vocalist on the 2015 GRAMMY-award winning album Winds of Samsara.
Will Myers began singing with Seattle Pro Musica in 2011. He attended Pacific Lutheran University on a Vocal Music scholarship, and has been a contributing member of the Pacific Northwest's musical community since the age of 7. He has previously performed with Tacoma Youth Chorus, Pacific Lutheran University Chorale, Tacoma Opera, Seattle Opera, Tacoma Musical Playhouse, Tacoma Little Theatre, and Tacoma Symphony. He has studied voice with Vicki Melton and Barry 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, an active musician in the Seattle area, has been with Seattle Pro Musica since 2003. He has appeared 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: Position Open
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