PLU Guitar Festival: Saturday, March 19, 2022

As of Saturday, March 12, 2022 the PLU campus has moved to a mask-optional policy in concert with changes at the state level and recommendations of the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. In addition, the university will no longer mandate proof of vaccination for visitors attending campus events.

Mary Baker Russell Music Center, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA
Elizabeth Brown & Stephen Howland, Directors

Designed for guitar enthusiasts of all levels, the PLU Guitar Festival will be held on Saturday, March 19, 2022 and feature hands on Classical and Jazz guitar workshops, lectures and concerts with PLU guitar faculty members Elizabeth CD Brown and Dr. Stephen Howland alongside guests Hilary Field and Jamie Findlay.  Festival participants will have the opportunity to rehearse and perform in the Festival Guitar Orchestras, with music available in advance. All events take place at Pacific Lutheran University, in the Mary Baker Russell Music Center, with rehearsals and concerts held in the exquisite Lagerquist Concert Hall. The 2022 PLU Guitar Festival is supported in part by the Seattle Classic Guitar Society the Seattle Jazz Guitar Society, and the Rosewood Guitar.

Festival: Saturday, March 19, 2022, Registration Deadline: Friday, March 18, 2022

Festival Registration: $60 (General), $50 (Senior), $30 (Students, Grade 6 through undergraduate student) and $10 (PLU Students)

In the event that the Festival is cancelled all registration fees will be completely refunded.


Saturday, March 19, 2022, events held 11:30am to 6:30pm.

All events take place in the Mary Baker Russell Music Center on the Pacific Lutheran University Campus, Tacoma, WA

11:15am – Registration Open, Mary Baker Russell Music Center Lobby

Come pick up your packet with schedule, workshop handouts, concert tickets, etc. The MBRMC lobby is right outside the Lagerquist Concert Hall on the 3rd floor, which is the main floor of the building.

11:30am – Festival Guitar Orchestra Rehearsals, Lagerquist Concert Hall

Guitar Orchestra rehearsals for Santa Morena and Cottontail. Participants are welcome to practice in advance (see “Perform in Guitar Orchestras” for sheet music and practice recordings), or just come and play along!

1:00pm – Guitar Ensembles and Orchestra Concert, Lagerquist Concert Hall

Various ensembles perform, including the PLU Guitar Orchestra and Ensemble and the Festival Guitar Orchestra.  This performance is open the public, both in-person and via livestream.

2:30pm – Classical Guitar Workshop with Hilary Field, MBR 306

Music from the Inside Out: Mindful strategies for more efficient, effective and expressive practicing, including hands-on exercises and nice take home handouts.

3:40pm – Jazz Guitar Workshop with Jamie Findlay, MBR 322

This hands-on workshop will focus on Jazz harmony, with examples and handouts of reharmonizing the music of the Beatles.

5:00pm – PLU Guitar Festival Faculty Concert, Lagerquist Concert Hall

PLU guitar faculty members Elizabeth CD Brown and Dr. Stephen Howland perform alongside guests Hilary Field and Jamie Findlay. This performance is open the public, both in-person (tickets are $5/10) and via livestream.

Additional Participant Information:


Registration Deadline: Friday, March 18

Festival Registration: $60 (General), $50 (Senior), $30 (Students, Grade 6 and older), $10 (PLU Students)  $10 registration discount for Seattle Classic Guitar Society the Seattle Jazz Guitar Society members.


All registrants are encouraged to participate in the Festival Guitar Orchestras, from beginning students to professionals. This is a great opportunity to have fun, meet fellow guitarists and enjoy the camaraderie that is such an enduring element of the PLU Guitar Festival. Sheet music and Practice recordings are posted below.

Santa Morena by Jacob do Bandolim, arranged by Hilary Field

Guitar 1 – Sheet Music and Play Along Video

Guitar 2 – Sheet Music and Play Along Video

Guitar 3 – Sheet Music and Play Along Video

Full Score – Sheet Music and Full Speed Practice Recording

Cottontail by Duke Ellington, arranged by Stephen Howland

Guitar 1 – Sheet Music

Guitar 2 – Sheet Music

Guitar 3 – Sheet Music

Guitar 4 – Sheet Music

Guitar 5 – Sheet Music

Guitar 6 – Sheet Music

Full Score – Sheet Music, Full Speed Recording, 75% Speed Recording


International performing and recording artist, Hilary Field, has garnered praise for her dynamic virtuosity, her sensitive musicianship, and for the emotional depth she brings to the heart of classical guitar music. Hilary has held faculty positions as the head of the guitar department at Seattle Pacific University and Pacific Lutheran University in Washington State. Hilary is a past winner of the Northwest Young Artist Series Competition and was the first guitarist to win the Frances Walton Soloist Competition. She has released several award winning CDs, including her debut recording, Music of Spain and Latin America, which was an award winner for Classical Album of the Year by the National Association of Independent Record Distributors. Other CDs include Ballad Stories, Siente, Cantilena, Airoso – guitar and viola, and Premieres.

Hilary was recently sponsored by the US Embassy to perform and tour in South America, and has been a featured performer in international guitar festivals such as Festival Entrecuerdas in Chile, Festival Internacional de Guitarra ICPNA in Perú, Série Grands Concerts in Québec, the Long Island Guitar Festival in New York, and the Guitar Masters Series in Orlando Florida. She has received grants for composing and performing new music by the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, 4Culture, and Artist Trust. Soundboard, the official magazine of the Guitar Foundation of America notes, “Field plays everything with a refined musicality, immaculate technique, and unfailingly lovely sound.” The Seattle Times exclaims that classical guitarist, “Hilary Field, is a dynamic player. She doesn’t just recite what can often be complex work, but imbues it with fire and grace.”

Originally from Seattle, Washington, Jamie Findlay is one of the masters of contemporary acoustic guitar. With three CD’s under his own name, Wings of Light, Amigos del Corazón, and Reflections Jamie is a very busy performer and composer, both in the States and abroad. His music is flavored by many styles from jazz and blues to pop and funk. More recently, Jamie has helped form the Acoustic Jazz Quartet, an L.A.-based jazz band that features Jamie’s compositions. Their first Naxos Jazz release was distributed worldwide in April, ’99, and a second Acoustic Jazz Quartet Organic released in 2001. In 2002 Jamie formed a guitar duo with Duck Baker, and the pair recorded an adventurous and critically acclaimed record of jazz guitar duos titled Out of the Past. Jamie continues to perform solo as well.

He has three DVD’s published, two instructional DVD’s out with Hal Leonard Publishing, Acoustic Fingerpicking and Acoustic Guitar Soloing, and one concert DVD from the Open Strings Festival from Osnabrück, Germany, distributed in the states by Mel Bay. He’s written eight books; one featuring his own compositions from the Acoustic Music Records Amigos del Corazón, a book of fingerstyle arrangements of jazz standards, a book on harmonic technique, one on chord shapes for Hal Leonard, and a series of arrangement books for solo guitar; Miles Davis, standards, Broadway, and Christmas classics, and was part of the faculty of Musicians Institute in Hollywood for over 30 years, and USC for seven years. He now teaches at Skagit Valley College in Mt. Vernon WA, and privately in Bellevue and La Conner, his hometown.


Elizabeth C. D. Brown - Senior Lecturer

A specialist in standard classical guitar as well as various early guitars and lutes, Elizabeth C. D. Brown is a very active performer throughout the Pacific Northwest, giving an average of 50 concerts a year. Highlights from recent seasons included solo lute and baroque guitar recitals at Early Music Festivals in Berkeley and Cleveland, performing as the soloist in Vivaldi’s “Concerto in D,” and a 10 performance run of Monteverdi’s Ulysses in Seattle and San Francisco. Elizabeth’s first solo recording, La Folia de España: Dances for Guitar, features works for baroque, 19th century, and modern guitars. Also active as an ensemble musician, she is a member of Baroque Northwest, La Lira, the Puget Sound Consort and Ayres and Graces, and has appeared in the Early Music Guild’s three baroque opera productions and with various other ensembles. An enthusiastic advocate for the guitar and lute, Elizabeth has given numerous outreach performances at schools, senior centers, and community centers for the Seattle Classic Guitar Society and the Early Music Guild, as well as by arrangement while on tour. She is head of the Guitar and Lute program at Pacific Lutheran University, and has taught at Seattle Pacific University and the Accademia d’Amore (baroque opera workshop, Seattle). See her on YouTube at or for more information visit:

Steve Howland

Dr. Stephen Howland is a guitarist, composer, arranger, and songwriter. He currently teaches both jazz and classical guitar and co-directs the annual PLU Guitar Festival at Pacific Lutheran University. He also teaches at Rosewood Guitar in Seattle and focuses on performing original music with some of the great creative talent in the Seattle area, including Nate Omdal, Marco De Carvalho, Gordy Ryan, Adam Kessler, Jason Parker, Courtney Fortune, among others. Howland is a native of Walla Walla, Washington. He has a diverse professional background, playing solo jazz, classical, flamenco, and acoustic styles; and performing in jazz combos and big bands, rock bands, and a wide variety of classical and early music ensembles. He has been a featured guitarist-composer in new music festivals and a concert artist and clinician at universities, colleges, and guitar 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 artists and bands, including the Seattle based band Motopony. He has written, arranged, and performed a diverse range of music for solo guitar and mixed ensembles. Since 2009 he has performed with PLU colleague Elizabeth Brown, presenting many of his own arrangements for two guitars, including pieces by Albéniz, Tchaikovsky, and Turina. Howland completed his DMA research paper, Edward’s MacDowell’s “Woodland Sketches” Arranged for Guitar: A Performance Edition, Biography, and Literature Review, in 1998. 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.