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Bethel College faculty members to perform and teach on mini-tour

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Two Bethel College music faculty members will visit Colorado’s Front Range area in mid-January to perform and to work with college and high school students.

Professor of music Karen Bauman Schlabaugh, piano, and associate professor of music Richard Tirk, trumpet, will give a recital at Hamilton Recital Hall on the campus of the University of Denver at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 17. The recital hall is located in the Newman Center at 2344 E. Iliff Avenue.

Schlabaugh and Tirk will also give a recital on Thursday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m. at Beth-El Mennonite Church, 4625 Ranch Drive in Colorado Springs. Both this and the Denver concert are free and open to the public.

Their repertoire includes “Credo” by John Barnes Chance, “Elegi” by Rolf Wallin, Concerto in D Major by Giuseppe Tartini, “Cries and Whispers” by Ned Rorem and Sonata for Trumpet and Piano by Karl Pilss, along with the solo piano selections “La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune” and “Ondine,” preludes by Claude Debussy.

They will also conduct workshops with students at the Denver School of the Arts on Tuesday, Jan. 16, the University of Denver on Wednesday, Jan. 17, and at Dodge City (Kan.) Community College on Friday, Jan. 19.

Karen Bauman Schlabaugh has degrees from Oberlin (Ohio) College, Ithaca (N.Y.) College and the University of Iowa. She 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’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. She performs frequently as a soloist and chamber musician.

Richard Tirk 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 his thesis topic to receive the coveted Merit Fellowship, which paid for his research with trumpeter John Wallace in Glasgow, Scotland.

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

For more information about the recitals or workshops, call or e-mail Karen Bauman Schlabaugh, (316) 284-5336,

Bethel College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. Founded in 1887, it is the oldest Mennonite college in North America. Bethel is known for its academic excellence and has been named a Top Tier college by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1998. For more information, see the Bethel Web site at

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