Meet the Singers
Sean is a Michigan native who started formally singing in choir from grades 6-12. He went on to earn a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Notre Dame, where he was a member of the Notre Dame Glee Club for 4 years. Sean has been singing with the Magpies since 2012 and sings in his church choir at Holy Name Catholic Church. Besides singing, Sean loves to play tennis and holds the important role of pressing play for the music to his wife’s modern dance company, CoMo Dance.
Noel Franks graduated with a B.A. in Chemistry from the College of Wooster and did graduate work in Genetics and Biochemistry at the University of Texas (Austin). He spent his working career (nearly 40 years) at Chemical Abstracts Services in the Biochemistry department, and is an emeritus member of the American Chemical Society. Noel has sung with Chorus Columbus State, and currently is a singer with the Columbus Swiss Helvetia Männerchor and the choruses of the Columbus Germania Gesang- und Sportverein (where he is also Assistant Director), having been with both those groups for over forty years. Noel and Margaret, his wife of 48 years, live in Delaware, Ohio.
Angela gained both Bachelors and Masters degrees in music (voice) – and a further Masters in Opera Theatre Direction – from the Cleveland Institute of Music. She is also a registered nurse and a qualified paralegal. Her hobbies include photography, gardening, languages and movies – and she is also an avid book collector.
Carrie Liebtag, soprano, received her BS in Music & Biology from Dickinson College, where she sang in the choir and Collegium. While working on her Doctor of Pharmacy, she enjoyed singing with the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, who performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra and other regional ensembles. Since moving to Ohio in 2005, she has sung with the Village Singers of German Village and Concerts 4 Charity. She works as an inpatient pharmacist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and lives in Columbus with her husband and young daughter, who keeps her very busy.
Mike’s earliest memory of public singing is that of standing on the wooden stage of a one room school house in rural western Nebraska singing, with his younger sister, the popular Weavers version of the folk song ” Goodnight Irene “. Some 65 years later, he still finds himself singing an occasional folk song…
After undergraduate ( Nebraska State College, Chadron ) and graduate ( Indiana University, Bloomington ) degrees, Mike eventually settled in central Ohio where he has performed with the Worthington Community Chorus, Chorus Columbus, and Columbus State Community College Chorus.
Now retired from The Ohio State University, he herds squirrels in Deleware County.
Christina has sung in a few choirs around the Columbus area, including the Columbus Women’s Choir, The Polyphony Project and the St. Francis Church Choir. In her youth, she filled in some damaged tracts on a Karen Carpenter album. So if you are in the grocery store and an old Karen Carpenter song starts to play, you might just be hearing 50% Christina. Her musical interests include folk and casual music performance, ancient and world music, and polyphony. She is a long time employee of Ohio State University Libraries where she works in the Collection Description and Access Department cataloging Cyrillic and Slavic language materials. Christina is an avid photographer, cyclist and penny whistle enthusiast. She also loves big smelly rescue dogs and down-on-their-luck alley cats.