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COTS was founded in 1977 by Robert Metzger as the Shoreline Community College Chorale, and assumed its present name in 1980. After Metzger’s retirement in 2004, the COTS baton was taken up by Judy Filibeck, and the choir took on increasingly challenging work at a high musical level, focusing on blend, precision, and demanding literature.
In Spring 2011, COTS welcomed Jeremy Matheis as Artistic Director. Using an energetic and unique approach to teaching vocal technique, Jeremy has quickly gained recognition for his work with choral ensembles. His experience is broad, embracing conducting, barbershop, teaching, singing, church music, and Pre-K music education.
For 35 seasons, COTS has been bringing music to the Puget Sound area as well as abroad. The choir introduced the British sextet The King’s Singers to Seattle, and sponsored five separate performances with them at the Seattle Opera House (now McCaw Hall). They also sponsored the group Rockapella for a successful Opera House performance. The choir performed a premiere concert, I Hear America Singing, with the familiar local quartet The Brothers Four. Tours of Europe in 1983 and 1995 featured performances in Austria, the Czech Republic, and Germany. In November 2005, COTS singers joined four other choirs and two New York City soloists at world-renowned Carnegie Hall in a performance of Vivaldi’s Gloria under the direction of conductor Jonathan Griffiths, accompanied by the New England Symphonic Ensemble. In the summer of 2007, COTS singers toured Italy, performing in Florence, Venice, and Verona. In March 2011, Choir of the Sound sang in the Pacific Northwest premiere of In the Shadows of the Forest, a suite for steel drum band and choir by local composer Gary Gibson.