Aaron Flagg received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in trumpet performance from Juilliard and his doctorate from the University of Michigan. He has toured and performed widely as a trumpeter in jazz, classical, and new music settings, working with a wide range of musicians as diverse as the Illinois Jacquet Big Band, New York Philharmonic, Roberta Flack, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and Dance Theatre of Harlem.
Prior to coming to Juilliard during the 2014-15 season, Flagg was at the Hartt School at the University of Hartford where he was dean and professor of music. He has been a board member of the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP), 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. He was also 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. 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 New York City Opera. Prior to his appointment at the University of Hartford, Flagg was executive director of the Music Conservatory of Westchester from 2005 to 2009. At Juilliard, he served as director of educational outreach from 2000 to 2005. Prior to that Flagg was director of the jazz studies program at the University of Connecticut.