Karen Barnick Pfeifer

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

AGE: 47

HUSBAND: Bob Pfeifer, married 7 years

KIDS: We have a blended family of his, mine and ours: Amelia (22), Mary (20), Ben (19), Brennan (17), Maggie (15) and Noah (5)


JOB: Principal oboist of the New Albany Symphony and the Central Ohio Symphony; private oboe teacher

Favorite thing to do for cheap family fun: Dublin bike paths - we like to ride to the ice cream store, or to Glacier Ridge Metro Park to look for jumpies (frogs) and birds.

What's something your mom or dad did that you thought was nuts when you were a kid and now you understand: My mom woke up at 5 a.m. or earlier to get things done before we awakened.

If you had to be on a reality-TV show, which one would it be: My favorite is "The Bachelor," but being married with six kids would probably ruin my chances!

What is the most played song on your iPod? "Panic Switch" by Silversun Pickups and "Symphonic Dances" by Rachmaninov

Which superhero power would you like to have: Time travel to meet Jesus, Mozart and my ancestors

Favorite restaurant to take the kids: Sumeno's on Sawmill Road - yummy food and a great price for an all-you-can-eat buffet

Favorite movie that you went to see with the kids: "How to Train Your Dragon," "Tangled," and we love to watch "Napoleon Dynamite" for a good laugh.

What are the biggest differences between your children? Each child has their own interests and is truly an individual. Amelia, a born leader with awards for her volunteering, is graduating this spring from the College of Wooster with degrees in Sociology and Elementary Education. Mary is a disciplined, record-breaking runner and biology major at Wittenberg University with aspirations to become a nurse practitioner.Ben is an artist, loves technology, longboarding, and is innovative and independent; he is applying at schools to study Industrial Design. Brennan, an avid sports fan and high-school junior, is helpful, kind, and was voted MVP of his hockey team. Maggie, a freshman, is warm-hearted and wise for her years; she is a talented singer, dancer and actress, as well as a straight-A student. Noah is passionate, adorable, loving and brings such joy to our family.

My life motto: Think positive, be kind to others, work hard, and give of yourself.

Pfeifer recently received the Columbus Symphony Orchestra's 2011 Music Educator's Award for Community Education (other awards went to elementary and secondary school educators). The Music Educator Awards are administered by the Ohio Arts Council with funding support from the McGraw-Hill Companies, American Electric Power and Battelle.