Contact/Meet the Directors

For questions about the festival or competition, please contact Elizabeth CD Brown or Dr. Stephen Howland by email: NWGuitarFestival@gmail.com

Elizabeth C.D. Brown

Elizabeth C.D. Brown

A specialist in standard classical guitar as well as various early guitars and lutes, Elizabeth C. D. Brown is a very active performer in the United States. Highlights from recent seasons include being a featured soloist at the Northwest Guitar Festival, performing concertos by Vivaldi and Sierra and premiering a new work for guitar and orchestra with the Seattle Symphony. She has performed in operas by Purcell, Blow, Paisiello, Rossini and Verdi, as well as all of Monteverdi’s surviving operatic works. Elizabeth’s first solo recording, La Folia de España: Dances for Guitar, features works for baroque, 19th century, and modern guitars, and has been praised for its “…apparently effortless ease.” (Lute News, UK) She is also featured in the recording Dolce Desio as a member of the early music trio Le Nuove Musiche, and in the recording Navidad: Christmas in the New World with Seattle Pro Musica. Her second solo recording, In Her Honor, includes music from the Princess [Queen] Anne Guitarbook and the Elisabeth of Hesse Lutebook, as well as her own arrangements of works by Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre. 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 Seattle, 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 Cornish College of the Arts and Seattle Pacific University.  See her on YouTube at www.youtube.com/user/ElizabethCDBrown or for more information visit: www.elizabethcdbrown.com

Stephen Howland

Stephen Howland

Stephen Howland is a guitarist, bandleader, arranger, songwriter, and educator engaged in a wide range of music.  He teaches jazz guitar and co-directs the annual PLU Guitar Festival at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma.  He has taught ear training and jazz history.  He gives clinics at universities, colleges, guitar societies, and private venues.  He teaches privately at Seattle’s Rosewood Guitar.  He has highly awarded undergraduate, Graduate, and Doctoral degrees from University of Idaho and Arizona State University, where he was a student of James Reid and Frank Koonce in classical guitar performance.  He remains a passionate classical guitarist through teaching, performing, arranging, and active participation in the Seattle classical guitar community.  He has done many solo and ensemble arrangements of pieces by Albéniz, Bach, MacDowell, Mozart, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, and Turina.  He has published numerous online sound recordings and video recordings, most recently a string of guitar demos for Rosewood Guitar.  He has been featured on recordings and large scale CD releases as a writer and studio guitarist for independent artists and bands, including the Seattle based rock band Motopony.  He is passionate about live music, leading bands for public and private events, playing jazz, original music, dance music, and more.  He has played with many outstanding musicians in the Seattle Jazz scene, including Melyssa Stone, Nate Omdal, Clipper Anderson, Gordy Ryan, Kyle Doran, Mark Ivester, Adam Kessler, Brad Gibson, Marco De Carvalho, Jared Hall, Jason Parker, among others.