FARMINGTON — During her first violin lesson with Howard Chrisman, Emily Sartin stopped paying full attention to what he was saying. Then she noticed him start to wiggle his ears.

"That's what a lot of people remember about him," Sartin said.

Whenever his students weren't paying attention, he would wiggle his ears. Sartin said it almost always got the students' attention.

Howard Chrisman died in April, but he left a legacy of music behind him.

During a Piedra Vista High School and Mesa View Middle School orchestra concert on Thursday night, the seniors presented their director, Kurt Chrisman, Howard Chrisman's son, with a picture of his father and a trip to Music in the Mountains this summer.

The concert took place in the Turano-Chrisman Theater, which was named for Howard Chrisman.

"Without him (Howard Chrisman) we wouldn't have a music program," senior Sterling Vicenti said.

Howard Chrisman started all of the band and orchestra programs in the Farmington schools.

"We feel like we owe him something," senior Nicholas Montoya said.

The picture presented to Kurt Chrisman will be hung in the Turano-Chrisman theater.

Sartin said Howard Chrisman inspired her love for violin and for music.

"Even though he isn't with us now, he's still here," Montoya said.

By presenting the memorial picture, the students said they felt they had found a way to honor Howard Chrisman's memory and to look to the future of music in Farmington.

"It goes on throughout the generations," Montoya said.

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