Vu Nguyen

Assistant Professor of Music, Director of Wind Ensemble &

Conducting, Coordinator of Woodwinds

D.M.A., University of Washington
M.M., University of Oregon
B.M., University of the Pacific


Vu Nguyen is an Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Wind Ensembles and Conducting at the University of Connecticut. He conducts the Wind Ensemble, teaches graduate instrumental conducting, and serves as Coordinator of Woodwinds.

Dr. Nguyen has conducted throughout the western United States and in Japan. He maintains an active schedule as a clinician and has served as guest conductor with the United States Air Force Bands of the Golden West and Mid-America, as well as regional honor bands in northern California, Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana. Ensembles under his direction have performed at state music educator conferences in California and Indiana and at the Midwest Clinic. His research interests focus on contemporary wind band literature, the music of Frank Zappa, and conducting pedagogy. His book chapter on composer Carter Pann was published in the fifth volume of A Composer’s Insight: Thoughts, Analysis, and Commentary on Contemporary Masterpieces for Wind Band (Meredith Music Publications).

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Dr. Nguyen holds degrees in conducting from the University of Washington, the University of Oregon, and a Bachelor of Music in music education from the University of the Pacific. Prior to his appointment at the University of Connecticut, he served as the Director of Bands at the University of Indianapolis, conductor of the Wind Ensemble at Washington University in St. Louis, and visiting conductor of the Indiana University Concert Band. He also taught in the public schools of San Ramon, California.

In addition to his academic career, Dr. Nguyen continues to serve as an officer in the Air National Guard where he is the commander/conductor of the ANG Band of the West Coast. In this position, he is responsible for all activities of this 40-member squadron, including participation in ceremonies, parades, concerts and other public performances. The Band of the West Coast is one of five ANG Bands in the United States and covers an eight-state area of responsibility that includes California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

Vu Nguyen
Contact Information
Phone(860) 486-2162
Office LocationMusic Building 113