Dr. Aaron Flagg began his appointment as the Chair and Associate Director of Juilliard Jazz in July 2015, where he teaches courses, develops interdivisional collaborations, and works closely with Juilliard Jazz Director Wynton Marsalis to oversee the department. Dr. Flagg served as Acting Chair and Associate Director for the year prior, where he helped develop a new mission, values, and goals for Juilliard Jazz, and helped develop an exciting season of programming covering the Jazz continuum.
Originally from Baldwin Park, CA, Dr. Flagg is a professional trumpet player and received his undergraduate and master's degrees from The Juilliard School and his doctorate from the University of Michigan. His diverse experience includes concerto, recital, orchestral, and chamber music performances in classical, jazz, and new music.
Prior to his appointment at Juilliard, Dr. Flagg served as Dean of The Hartt School at the University of Hartford. He was head of the comprehensive performing arts conservatory for music, dance, and theater with approximately 770 undergraduate and graduate students, as well as a leading community school with programs in music and dance for 2,000 students of all ages. At Hartt, he led a revision of the School’s mission, vision, and core values; attracted exceptional and diverse teaching artists to join the faculty; reorganized the academic structure; launched the “Live from Hartt” streaming series; and upgraded the learning environment with educational technology and building renovations. His tenure has seen a significant increase in campus wide collaborations, guest artist visits, alumni engagement, and professional partnerships with the Stamford Symphony Orchestra, Martha Graham Company, Hartford Stage Company, and many others. He has helped triple the amount of funds raised through its annual Gala, reversed a 12% enrollment decline, and recently launched a three million dollar project Fuller@50 to renovate the main music performance venues.
In addition to his work with SNAAP, Dr. Flagg is currently a board member of the League of American Orchestras in New York, Hartford Hospital, iQuilt Partnership, and the Stamford Symphony Orchestra. He has served on strategic committees for New York University, Hartford Performs, and Harlem School of the Arts, and was the New York Metro Area chapter chair for the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts. He is on the membership committee of the International Council of Fine Arts Deans and has served as an external evaluator for the National Office for Arts Accreditation (NOAA) and panelist for the Massachusetts Cultural Council, New York State Council on the Arts, Cuyahoga Arts and Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Dr. Flagg has served on numerous grant panels and was New York Metro Area chapter chair for the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts. He has been a consultant with arts presenting organizations and universities around the country, while serving as a teaching artist for 15 years with organizations, including the Lincoln Center Institute, Carnegie Hall Education, New York Philharmonic Education, Memphis Arts Council, Guggenheim Museum, and the New York City Opera. Dr. Flagg was named a national spokesman for the Music Educators National Conference in Virginia in 1999 and received the Rising Star Award for Westchester’s “Forty Under Forty” in 2008.
Before his time with the University of Hartford, Dr. Flagg was Executive Director of the Music Conservatory of Westchester from 2005-2009. At Juilliard, he served as Director of Educational Outreach from 2000-2005. Prior to that, Dr. Flagg was Director of the Jazz Studies program at the University of Connecticut.