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Music faculty to do Midwestern mini-tour

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Two Bethel College music faculty members will do a mini-tour to several Mennonite churches and communities in Nebraska, Iowa and Kansas. Karen Bauman Schlabaugh, piano, and Richard Tirk, trumpet, will give recitals in Henderson, Neb., Kalona, Iowa, and Kansas City, Kan.

The Henderson concert will be at Bethesda Mennonite Church on Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. The Kalona concert will be at Iowa Mennonite School on Thursday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m. The final performance will be Friday, Jan. 20, at 7:30 p.m. at Rainbow Mennonite Church in Kansas City.

The program will include "Sonata for Trumpet and Piano" by Karl Pilss, "Prayer of Saint Gregory" by Alan Hovhaness, "Air de Trompette" by Georg Philipp Telemann, "Four Variations on a Theme of Domenico Scarlatti" by Marcel Bitsch, and three songs from "Old American Songs," arranged by Aaron Copland.

While they are in Henderson and Kalona, the two faculty members will be leading workshops with Henderson High School and Iowa Mennonite School students.

Karen Bauman Schlabaugh is professor of music at Bethel College. She has degrees from Oberlin (Ohio) College, Ithaca (N.Y.) College and the University of Iowa and spent a semester studying at the Royal College of Music in London with the support of an Alumni Fellowship from Oberlin.

She has been chair of Bethel College’s music department since 1998. Her current teaching assignments include piano, music theory and music history, as well as involvement in a piano pedagogy program. Schlabaugh performs frequently as a soloist and chamber musician.

Richard Tirk, assistant professor of music at Bethel College, has degrees from Lawrence Conservatory of Music, Appleton, Wis., Western Michigan University and Michigan State University. While he was at Michigan State, the College of Fine Arts selected Tirk’s thesis topic to receive the coveted Merit Fellowship, which paid for his research with trumpeter John Wallace in Glasgow, Scotland.

Also while he was studying, Tirk was active as a performer in mid-Michigan, holding the post of principal trumpet with both the Saginaw Bay and Midland Symphony Orchestras, where he has performed with such artists as Doc Severinsen, Dave Brubeck, Sharon Isbin, and the Julliard String Quartet.

Tirk currently is director of instrumental ensembles and music education at Bethel College, a position he assumed in fall 2005 after serving most recently on the faculty at Independence (Kan.) Community College.

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