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Jazz at Pacific Lutheran University

Stephen Howland


Stephen Howland
  • Professional
  • Personal


  • D.M.A., Arizona State University
  • M.M., Arizona State University


Applied Guitar and Jazz Guitar Lessons


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. He 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. 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 arranged and performed a diverse range of music for solo guitar and mixed ensembles. 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.