Versatility is key to Howard's life and music


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Adams State College music performance freshman, Elizabeth "Liz" Howard, plays flute and harmonica and loves to ski, hike, mountain bike, and knit. "I can't have one without the other. It all fills me up and gives me inner peace."

This Virginian native was attracted to Adams State when she came to visit and was impressed with the faculty, the flute choir and the music students she met. "The faculty is great, I love all of them."

Associate Chair of Music Dr. Tracy Doyle said Howard is an intelligent student and a talented musician. "She has limitless potential and truly loves music."

Howard said she has been playing the flute for seven years and the harmonica "forever." She picked up her father's as a young girl and started playing "melodies from church."

Although her favorite style of music is folk and bluegrass she appreciates all music. "I enjoy the versatility of range and styles of music. You can explore and jam with friends." She "jammed" with friends at an open night mike at the downtown Alamosa Milagros Coffeehouse. The group consisted of vocals, guitar, bassoon, and Howard played flute and harmonica.

"Being around the Adams State faculty and my music peers has influenced me and I see what I can do as a musician"” She said she appreciates the support and the competition. "My peers are here for me and inspire me to do my best."

Virginia is a long way from Colorado. "Dr. Doyle is so supportive of me being so far from home." Howard adventuresome spirit keeps her satisfied and in tune with her interests. "I love the San Luis Valley. I've met a good group of friends through the music department and the Adams State Adventure Program."

As much as she loves the outdoors, Howard's schedule is full. She said she practices about two hours a day on top of her classes, she is taking 17 credit hours. She is also in concert band and the wind ensemble and teaches harmonica lessons. "It is encouraging to be approached in the grocery store and complimented on a concert I performed in."

"She dedicates herself to volunteerism and helping others," Doyle added. "I can see these paths, music and service, merging in her future."

Community support is vital to the Adams State College Music Department and there is no better support than encouraging students by attending concerts or promoting scholarships. Tickets are now on sale for "A Noteworthy Evening" on April 9. Call the Music Department at 719-587-7621 for tickets, $30 in advance and $40 at the door.

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By Linda Relyea