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Choir of the Sound 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 Choir of the Sound 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, Choir of the Sound welcomed Jeremy Matheis as Conductor and Artistic Director.
For more than three decades, Choir of the Sound has been bringing music to the Puget Sound area as well as abroad. In addition to its regular season Holiday, Classical, and Pops performances, the choir is frequently heard at sporting events, local arts festivals, and the Argosy Christmas Ships Festival. Choir of the Sound has frequently collaborated with other groups throughout its history, including The King’s Singers, The Brothers Four, Rockapella, Choral Sounds Northwest, Seattle Jewish Chorale, Total Experience Gospel Choir, Cascade Symphony, and Thalia Symphony. The choir has toured Europe on several occasions, and has performed at the world-renowned Carnegie Hall. The choir has also been fortunate to premiere new works, including the Pacific Northwest premiere of In the Shadows of the Forest, a suite for steel drum band and choir by local composer Gary Gibson, as well as works by composers-in-residence Derek Tilton and Jeff Crull.
Today, Choir of the Sound focuses extensively on community outreach, particularly on engaging the next generation of choral singers, and gives two college scholarships every year to local high school chorus members. The choir continues to grow and expand its skills and repertoire, cementing its reputation as one of the premier choral ensembles in the Puget Sound region.