Conducting Faculty

cathlinaFrancis Cathlina
Assistant Professor
Director of Choral Activities

FelderHarvey Felder 
Director of Orchestral Activities

Frizzell Emily Frizzell
Assistant Professor of Music Education, Choral

maleStephen Karr
Assistant Professor
Opera Musical Director

nguyenAlbert Nguyen 
Associate Professor
Director of Bands
Area Coordinator of Conducting 

PlenkWill Plenk
Associate Professor of Athletic Bands
Director of Athletic Bands
Associate Director for Academic Programs


Recent Research & Creative Activity


  • Albert Nguyen was invited to conduct the Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA) District 7 Bands (rescheduled for 2022).
  • Albert Nguyen was selected as a member of the search committee for the 13th President of the University of Memphis.
  • Will Plenk presented “Build Your Band – Shaping traditions and musical identity to energize band members and sports fans alike”  at the College Band Directors National Association Marching Band Symposium 2021. 


  • Albert Nguyen was invited to conduct the South Carolina Band Directors Association All-State Band (rescheduled for 2022).
  • Albert Nguyen was invited as an adjudicator and clinician for the Purdue Fort Wayne Wind Festival (rescheduled for 2022).
  • Will Plenk presented a juried performance video presentation for the College Band Directors National Association Southeast Regional Conference 2020.


  • Harvey Felder facilitated a collaboration between the University Symphony and the Collage Dance Collective on a production of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake.
  • Albert Nugyen was invited to guest conduct the West Chester Symphonic Band in Terrytown, New York.
  • Albert Nugyen was awarded the university’s First Tennessee Professorship that recognizes faculty with significant outreach.