Whitney is the Soprano Section Leader with the Covenant Choir. She holds her Bachelors’ degree in Music Business from Otterbein College, and a Masters in Vocal Performance and Singing Health from The Ohio State University. Born in Bellefontaine to two decidedly non-musical parents, they fostered a love of singing in her starting at a young age, and it stuck. Whitney has sung with several professional opera companies, taught voice at Capital and Muskingum Universities, produced and hosted the Afternoon Classical Concert on 91.9 FM WUOT in Knoxville, TN, and was the Box Office Manager at The Ohio Theatre. Currently, she works in Admissions at Franklin University, but continues to teach private voice lessons from her home. Whitney has been singing with church choirs for much of her adult life, and this has been her second time pairing up with Cherie Brooks. Whitney has been with Covenant since 2016, and has been happy to find such a progressive and welcoming church home.
Allie Garner holds a Master's of Music in Music Education from Capital University, and her Bachelor's of Music in Vocal Performance and Music Education from The Ohio State University. She has performed onstage with OSU Opera and Opera Columbus and as a soloist with OSU Chorale, Capriccio Columbus, and Capital University's Kodály Educator Chorus. Allie teaches general music at Worthington Park Elementary, in Worthington City Schools. Allie resides in Dublin with her husband, Andrew, and quirky dog, Wilson. She is so grateful to be part of the Covenant community.
Jason Guthrie's passion for singing started at an early age when he was cast in the ensemble of the Music Man at age 10. Jason went on to pursue a degree in vocal performance at Ohio University in 1991, but his journey took him in another direction including a stint in the United States Navy. Jason found his way back to singing in 2000 when he joined the Columbus Gay's Men's Chorus. Since joining CGMC, Jason has sung in over 80 concerts with the large chorus, it's sacred ensemble Illuminati, and in it's select auditioned ensemble Vox. With CGMC, Jason has had the privilege of performing for audiences in Philadelphia, Denver, Cincinnati, Miami, and Montreal. Select credits include Benjamin in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and in the lead role of Alex in Alexander's House both with CGMC. Jason has been singing at Covenant since 2016 as Tenor lead and as a featured vocalist for the Gathering band. Jason's creative pursuits don't stop with singing. He is a self-taught costume designer and has worked with several local theater groups and dance studios as well as working as a mascot designer for Costume Specialists from 2013 to 2020.
Brian Gray is a singer/actor living in Columbus, Ohio. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Otterbein University and a Master of Music in Musical Theatre from Oklahoma City University. Since graduating from OCU in 2007 Brian has been fortunate to perform in theatres in many different cities, performing a variety of roles for audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Since moving to Columbus in 2010, Brian has had the pleasure to work with Imagine Productions, Evolution Theatre Company, Hilliard Arts Council, GCP Players, the Columbus Children's Theatre and Available Light Theatre. He has been singing with the Covenant Chancel Choir since December of 2016. Brian is currently working as a fulltime actor/singer. For more, be sure to follow @BrianGraySings on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube!
James Eder is a native of Cleveland, OH. While he is now an established performer specializing in opera and musical theater, his musical interests began at an early age in band and orchestras. Having studied a variety of brass instruments, James found his niche playing the tuba. In high school he studied with long time Cleveland Orchestra principal tuba player, Ron Bishop, and was the principal player himself in a number of reputable ensembles including the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony, Contemporary Youth Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra. James performed many concerts with these ensembles in Cleveland’s illustrious Severance Hall and worked with a myriad of prominent musicians.
James began singing when he joined his high school men’s choir. From there he fostered a deep love for singing and began performing in other choirs, performing in musicals, and studying voice privately. He began his studies at The Ohio State University as both a tuba player and a vocalist. At OSU, James performed in his first opera and it clear to him that classical voice and opera was his true calling. He graduated from The Ohio State University with BM in Vocal Performance and went on to receive his MM in Vocal Performance at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
James is a bass whose voice has been acclaimed as having a “robust” and “resonant” voice of “ample quality and quantity.” He has performed in a variety of concerts and roles across the operatic and theater repertoire. His dramatic interpretations have been hailed as “inspired,” “laugh-out-loud funny,” “a comic delight” and “marvelously sinister and threatening.” James has worked with opera companies including Sarasota Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Opera Southwest, Chautauqua Opera, Opera Columbus, Knoxville Opera, Pittsburgh Festival Opera, Cleveland Opera Theater, Chattanooga Symphony & Opera, and Opera Theater of Pittsburgh.
James has been singing in churches for over 10 years. In addition to his time at Covenant Presbyterian, James has been a soloist and choir section leader at Worthington United Methodist, Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Clintonville and Church Street United Methodist Church in Knoxville, TN. When not singing, James enjoys to cook and bake. He loves the outdoors and is an avid fisherman. In addition to singing, James works as a bartender and server at