- BM Oberlin College 1970
- MM Ithaca College 1974
- DMA University of Iowa 1981
Dr. Karen Bauman Schlabaugh is Professor of Music at Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin College, a Master of Music degree in piano performance from Ithaca College, and the Doctor of Musical Arts in piano from the University of Iowa. While at Ithaca, she spent a semester studying at the Royal College of Music in London, England, with the support of an Alumni Fellowship from Oberlin. Her teaching assignments have included piano, music theory and history courses, and piano pedagogy. She has been chair of the Music Department at Bethel College since the fall semester of 1998.
Previous to her appointment at Bethel, Dr. Schlabaugh served on the faculties of Skidmore and Tabor colleges and has participated as a teacher and collaborative pianist in summer institutes in Michigan, Wisconsin and New York. She performs frequently as a soloist and collaborative musician with colleagues from Bethel and the Wichita area, and has appeared on two occasions as soloist with the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra, most recently in the spring of 2002 in the Piano Concerto No. 1 in C by Beethoven. She has performed in many of the Harvey Festival summer concerts sponsored by the Newton Mid-Kansas Orchestra. Her CD of French Recital Favorites with Wichita clarinetist James Jones was released in June 2005 under the Centaur Records label. In addition, Dr. Schlabaugh regularly serves as an adjudicator and clinician at piano festivals and contests throughout Kansas and the region.