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School of Fine ArtsMusic Department

Vu Nguyen

Assistant Professor of Music
Coordinator of Woodwinds
Director of Wind Ensemble & Conducting
(860) 486-2162
D.M.A., University of Washington
M.M., University of Oregon
B.M., University of the Pacific
Vu Nguyen serves as an assistant professor of music at the University of Connecticut where he conducts the Wind Ensemble and teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting.
A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, he 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, Dr. Nguyen served as 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.
Dr. Nguyen has conducted throughout the western United States and in Japan, and he maintains an active schedule as a clinician and guest conductor. Bands 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).