Department of MusicPLU Strings

Guitar and Lute Faculty

Elizabeth Brown

Elizabeth Brown

is head of the Guitar and Lute program at Pacific Lutheran University and is active throughout the Pacific Northwest as a solo and ensemble performer. Known for her musically passionate performances, she has given solo recitals and performed concertos throughout the West Coast from Vancouver to Southern California, and has been a featured soloist for the Seattle Bach Choir, Fresno Pacific University's Musica Pacifica Baroque, the Northwest Chamber Chorus and St. Mark's Cathedral Associates.

An enthusiastic advocate for the guitar and lute, Ms. Brown has given numerous outreach performances at schools, senior centers, and community centers for the Seattle Classic Guitar Society and the Early Music Guild.

Also active as a chamber musician, Ms. Brown is a member of Baroque Northwest, and has appeared with ArtsWest, Seattle ProMusica and the City Cantábile Choir. Ms. Brown is a founding member of the early music group Le Nuove Musiche, which has released the recording Dolce Desio: The Birth of the Baroque in Italy, France and England. She has been featured on Channel 9's "KCTS Connects" program, and is a frequent guest on Classic King FM in Seattle.

Ms. Brown graduated cum laude from the University of Washington with Bachelor of Arts and Music degrees in Guitar and Lute Performance under the direction of Steven Novacek. She has also had additional studies with lutenists Paul O'Dette, Pat O'Brien, Ray Nurse and Ronn McFarlane, as well as guitarists David Russell, Paul Galbraith and Eliot Fisk. Ms. Brown's first solo recording, La Folía de España: Dances for Guitar, features works for baroque, 19th century and modern guitars, and was released in March 2005 on the Rosewood Recordings label.   Click HERE for Elizabeth Brown's website. Contact: brownec@plu.edu


Dr. Stephen Howland

is a guitarist, composer, arranger, and songwriter.  He currently teaches both jazz and classical guitar at Pacific Lutheran University.  He is a native of Walla Walla, Washington and has nearly thirty years of experience as a professional musician.  He has played in nightclub bands; jazz trios, combos, and big bands; and a wide variety of classical and early music ensembles.  He has been a featured guitarist-composer in new music festivals and a visiting concert artist and clinician at universities, colleges, and music societies throughout the West.
Stephen Howland
He has been featured on recordings as a jazz soloist with big band, classical and early music chamber musician, solo guitarist in various styles, and writer and studio guitarist for independent pop artists and bands.  He has written, arranged, and performed a diverse range of music for solo guitar and mixed ensembles.  He completed his DMA research paper, Edward's MacDowell's "Woodland Sketches" Arranged for Guitar: A Performance Edition, Biography, and Literature Review, in 1998.  Dr. Howland earned his Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance from Arizona State University, Master of Music from ASU, and Bachelor of Music from the University of Idaho.  He received the highest marks and many academic honors and awards, including a teaching assistantship at ASU, the Presser Award, and the Eleanor Mader Memorial String Award.  Dr. Howland also teaches at Rosewood Guitar in Seattle. 
Contact:  howlansn@plu.edu