Meet the Singers
Tracy is a reflexologist and Reiki Master with a practice in Uptown Dublin. She also moonlights as a rebates coordinator for a medical distribution company. Tracy has always loved music and taught herself to play piano at the age of five. In the fifth grade, she began singing in church and school choirs and has sung with Kinderchor, Columbus State, and the Columbus Women’s Chorus, as well. She also has a passion for theatre and has performed in many shows around Greater Columbus. When she is not singing, Tracy loves to read, game, and spend time with her family–her husband, two cats, and a rabbit.
Niamh Lutes comes from Ireland. She studied music at N.U.I. Maynooth Co. Kildare and has a Bachelors Degree in Music and Theology. Niamh has been living in the States since August 2000. She has moved from Louisville, Kentucky where she has spent the past 13 years teaching Music K-8. In Louisville she was Alto section leader at the Cathedral of the Assumption and also a founding member of the Louisville Master Chorale.
Andy grew up in Michigan and has been making music almost as long as he can remember, with formal training on piano, trumpet, theory, and voice. A recent transplant to Columbus, Andy has sung with church and semi-professional choirs in Pennsylvania, Indiana, North Carolina, and now Ohio. He is currently employed by OhioHealth as a project manager with the information services department.
David is currently a data manager for the Education Management Information System (EMIS) at the Ohio Department of Education. He previously spent 15 years working in gifted education, including 10 years working with the Gifted Education Resource Institute at Purdue University. He has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a Master’s degree in education from Purdue. David performed over 300 times with the Purdue Men’s Varsity Glee Club during his undergraduate days- and after that run, his vacation from formal singing lasted until he joined the Magpie’s in early 2002! His return to the joy of music-making brought many blessings- including meeting his wife, Kathy, in the Magpies. In the limited free time left after spending time with their son and daughter, he enjoys computers, hiking, and gourmet cooking and baking.
Kathryn studied piano and voice at Hiram College, graduating with majors in music education and elementary education. She holds a Master’s in Education from The Ohio State University. Kathryn has directed choirs at the elementary and middle school levels, and she currently enjoys incorporating music into her 4th grade classroom in Hilliard. Previous choral experiences include the Blossom Festival Chorus and The Cleveland Orchestra Chorus, performing with conductors such as Robert Shaw, Leonard Slatkin, and Sir Simon Rattle. Her COC experiences included singing at Carnegie Hall and recording a Grammy Award-winning CD. Kathryn met her husband, David Ehle, in the Magpies! David and Kathryn have a son Zachary, and a daughter Jessa, as well as two pampered cats, Gracie and Zoë.
Brian grew up in Xenia, Ohio where he began studying music on violin and piano at an early age. Progressing to college, Brian earned a B.A. in Music from The Ohio State University where he became involved in the Medieval and Renaissance Performers Guild. He performs regularly with the Westerville Symphony Orchestra and Minstrelry. He sang with the Cantari Chamber Choir in Dayton, and played violin with various ensembles in the Dayton area. Brian’s musical endeavors are supported by a job with Columbus Metropolitan Library, though he hopes to some day support his library habits through musical endeavors.
Scott is an anesthesiologist with Midwest Physician Anesthesia Services, Inc., practicing at Riverside and Dublin Methodist Hospitals. His interest in vocal music began as a member of the choir of North Park University in Chicago and the Chorus at Northwestern University in the 1970’s. Moving to Columbus in 1986 he kept an interest in music alive singing in church choirs. He first heard the Magpies at their winter concert in 2004. When an opening became available in the spring of 2004, he auditioned at the urging of his family, and has been a member of the consort since.
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.
Regan is a teacher with Columbus City Schools, having been with the district for over 20 years. Subjects taught include Language Arts, reading, band and choir and she is currently on leave from her position of gifted and talented specialist. She loves reading, music, travel (anyone want to go to India?), films (especially ones with subtitles), and spending time with her dogs. She has volunteered with Goodwill for 19 years and last year was recognized and rewarded for her years of service . Along with being a Magpie, Regan has sung with The Capital University Choral Union, Columbus Chamber Singers, Broad Street Methodist Choir, and is an adjunct choir member of St. Francis of Assisi’s church.
Doug graduated from Westminster Choir College and later from The Ohio State University. He has sung with the Cantari Singers of Columbus as well as the Columbus Bach Ensemble. He conducts the Indianola Presbyterian Church Choir and has done so for almost 40 years. He teaches voice and works part time for Arts and Sciences at OSU. He and his wife, Pat, have been married for 38 years and have 2 grown children and a new grandson, Kiran.