Word & Note 2019 Save The Date



"Women and the Birth of Christianity"   

 Sarah Morice Brubaker

 Deborah Niederer Saxon

Sarah Morice Brubaker is Assistant Professor of Theology at Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and author of The Place of the Spirit (2013). Her shorter writing has appeared in The Christian Century, Religion Dispatches, Geez Magazine, This Land  Press, and Salon.

She currently serves as program chair of the Liberal Theologies Consultation of the American Academy of Religion.

Deborah Niederer Saxon is the author of The Care of the Self in Early Christian Literature 
(Palgrave Macmillan, Oct 2017). Her research re-conceptualizes early Christian history not as a matter of heresies or “gnosticism” splitting off from some supposed orthodoxy but rather by Highlighting differing perspectives and practices regarding the care of the self.

 Saturday Evening Concert

 Richard Tirk

 Suzanne Tirk

Trumpeter and conductor, Dr. Richard Tirk, has performed on five continents for such varied audiences as the King and Queen of Norway, to jazz soloist with the Hugues Leroy Big Band in Jacmel, Haiti. An avid performer, he has premiered several new works, including Robert Levy’s ‘Reflections’ for trumpet/clarinet at the International Trumpet Guild conference in Sydney, Australia.  Dr. Tirk has also been a member of several Midwest orchestras and opera orchestras sharing the stage with artists such as Doc Severinsen, Itzak Perlman, and Joyce DiDonato.  A sought-after clinician, Dr. Tirk has given masterclasses across the U.S., Brazil, Haiti, and the British Isles.  He has a music education degree from Lawrence University, and degrees in trumpet performance from Western Michigan University and Michigan State University. Formerly on the faculties of Bethel College and Luther College, he currently teaches trumpet and directs the jazz program at Southwestern Oklahoma State University.  


Dr. Suzanne Tirk is Associate Professor of Clarinet at the University of Oklahoma and a member of the Oklahoma Wind Quintet.  A dynamic performer and teacher, Suzanne has established a national and international reputation with numerous performance and masterclass presentations throughout the United States, Canada, Brazil, Australia, Kazakhstan, China, Panama, and Great Britain.  She has served as principal clarinet with the Norman Philharmonic Orchestra and Wichita Symphony Orchestra and has performed with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and Classical Music Festival Orchestra in Austria and Hungary. Suzanne has served on the faculties of Wichita State University, Bemidji State University and the Interharmony International Music Festival (Italy).  Suzanne holds a Bachelor of Music Performance degree from Lawrence University (WI), and a Master of Music Performance and Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Michigan State University.  Suzanne is a Buffet Crampon performing artist and clinician.

Karen Bauman Schlabaugh 



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 Dr. Karen Bauman Schlabaugh is Emeritus 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 form the University of Iowa.  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 the region and has appeared as soloist with both the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra and the Bethel College Philharmonia Orchestra, as well as in many of the Summer Chamber Music concerts sponsored by the Newton Mid-Kansas Orchestra.  In addition, Dr. Schlabaugh regularly serves as an adjudicator and clinician at piano festivals and contests.