School of Visual & Performing Arts

Department of Music : Faculty

Luis Fernando Jiménez

Professor of Music
Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, Conducting, Applied Trombone

Dr. Luis Fernando Jiménez is a gifted conductor, trombonist, educator and clinician, who is equally at ease in the orchestral, opera, musical theatre, and wind ensemble genres. His experiences as a conductor have taken him from across the Northeastern United States, to Central – South America and points in between, ranging from his work with the Costa Rica National Symphony/Chorus/ Opera, to conducting symposiums for Central American conductors. In addition, Dr. Jiménez served as Music Director-Conductor of the Westchester Wind Symphony for three seasons.

As a Trombonist, Dr. Jiménez has performed with numerous symphony orchestras, most notably the Costa Rican National Symphony, the American Wind Symphony, the Symphony Orchestra of the Americas, Waco Symphony, Longview Symphony, Shreveport Symphony, New Haven Symphony, Ridgefield Symphony, and the Pittsburgh Symphony (extra musician). He has also maintained an active schedule as a clinician with several appearances at the Connecticut Music Educators Association and at the Nafme Regional Conference.
Dr. Jiménez has been in the faculty of Western Connecticut State University since 1997 and served as Music Department Chair from 2002-2005. He holds degrees from Baylor University (BM trombone), Duquesne University (MM – conducting/trombone) and the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University (DMA Orchestral Conducting) where he served as a teaching assistant under the tutelage of Maestro Frederik Prausnitz. He is a member of the National Association for Music Education (Nafme), The College Directors National Association (CODA), The Conductors Guild, The International Trombone Association, and the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA).