Jeremy Matheis, Artistic Director
Conductor, vocal coach and vocalist, Jeremy D. Matheis has been the Artistic Director for Choir of the Sound since March, 2011. Using an energetic and unique approach to teaching vocal technique, Jeremy has quickly gained recognition for his work with choral ensembles. He is based in Seattle, Washington and his experience in music is broad, embracing conducting, barbershopping, teaching, singing and Church music. He received his B.A. in Music from Trinity Christian College while pursuing advanced studies in voice pedagogy and conducting. Jeremy then relocated to Seattle for graduate study at the University of Washington to work with Dr. Geoffrey Boers and Abraham Kaplan while acquiring vocal instruction with Gregory Carroll. He then joined the St. Mark’s Compline Choir in 2006 and was able to learn from and sing for its founding Director, Dr. Peter Hallock.
A man with diverse musical interests and talents, Mr. Matheis is currently Director of Music at Bothell United Methodist Church, where he directs the Chancel Choir and oversees an eclectic music department with voice and instrumental ensembles for all ages. Previously he was Director of Music at Sand Point Community United Methodist Church. He was also recently Director of the Seattle SeaChordsmen, a Barbershop chorus in the Barbershop Harmony Society, helping them achieve the distinction of Most Improved Chorus at the 2010 Division II Competition. Before joining Choir of the Sound, Jeremy was the Artistic Director/Conductor for the Cascade Foothills Chorale in Enumclaw from 2007-2010. He has extensive background in many different areas of music including all aspects of Church music and liturgy, and Pre-K music education. Mr. Matheis’ work as a teaching conductor has brought him increased distinction, focusing on building technique through increased knowledge and engagement. Singers appreciate the freshness he brings to familiar music and the way in which he connects with his choir using his natural, infectious energy.
In addition to an expanding conducting career, Jeremy continues to sing weekly and is the Associate Director of the St. Mark’s Compline Choir and sings regularly with the Tudor Choir. He was the Festival Chair for the Greater Seattle Choral Consortium, which presented its first annual area-wide choral festival in October, 2013.
Jeremy lives in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle with Jeffrey Ricco, his partner of seven years (who also sings in many of his choirs), along with Spartacus, their lop ear rabbit.