Karin Barg

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Karin’s musical career started quite innocuously at the age of 5 in piano, in the then tiny southern Alberta town of Brooks and resulted in her first teaching position at the age of 17 in the music department of a private college. Her love of harp developed as a toddler, listening to the Mozart flute and harp concerto every night at bedtime. This love became a reality at age 12, and Karin has followed a dual career path in harp and piano ever since, studying with such musical giants as Alice Chalifoux, Joseph Gurt, Dr. Harvey Olin, and Rita Costanzi.

Karin’s post-secondary degrees and studies span a wide variety of subjects and fields, including piano performance and pedagogy, and have resulted in years of teaching and performing experiences in Western Canada and Europe, and across the United States.

Since moving to Lethbridge in 1996, Karin has been instrumental in introducing the harp to Southern Alberta, collaborating creatively with various musicians and artists, mentoring students, and contributing music to many healthcare centers and community endeavors. Into every student contact, Karin incorporates the Suzuki philosophies of teaching music as a language, developing an abiding love of music, and considering the student as a whole person, and encourages her students to live with “an attitude of excellence” in all they do.