Albert Nguyen, Director of Bands, conducts the U of M Wind Ensemble, directs the graduate level
instrumental conducting program, and oversees the Athletic, Symphonic and University
Bands. Dr. Nguyen was the Assistant Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands
at the University of Memphis for three years and served as Interim Director of Bands
Before coming to the University of Memphis, Dr. Nguyen served as a Graduate Assistant
at The University of Texas at Austin where he directed the Concert Band and was a
member of the Longhorn Band teaching staff. He was also an assistant conductor for
the Wind Ensemble and frequently appeared as a guest conductor with the Wind Symphony,
Symphony Band and Chamber Winds. Dr. Nguyen began his professional teaching career
in Arkansas as the Director of Bands at Morrilton High School.
Maintaining his connection with public schools, Dr. Nguyen frequently serves as an
adjudicator, clinician and guest conductor. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree
in Music Education from Arkansas Tech University and the Master of Music and Doctorate
of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting from The University of Texas at Austin. He is a
member of Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma, the College Band Directors National Association
and is a contributing author in the GIA publication - Teaching Music through Performance in Band, Volume 7.