About Hartt's Dean
Aaron A. Flagg began his tenure as Dean of The Hartt School on June 30, 2009. As dean, he oversees the comprehensive performing arts conservatory for music, dance, and theatre with approximately 750 undergraduate and graduate students, a leading community school with programs in music and dance for students of all ages, and 250 faculty and staff.
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 the University of Hartford, he was Executive Director of Music Conservatory of Westchester (2005-2009), a graduate faculty member and Director of Educational Outreach at The Juilliard School (2000-2005), and Director of the Jazz Studies program at the University of Connecticut (1999-2000).
As a trumpet player, Dr. Flagg has given concerto and other solo performances with orchestras, toured with chamber music groups, and performed numerous recitals. He has given master classes and recitals at Jackson State University and Fayetteville State University, and presented lectures at the Curtis Institute, Oberlin College, and Carnegie Hall.
His jazz performances include the Illinois Jacquet Big Band, the Music Outreach Jazz Ensemble, and the Aaron Flagg Quartet. He has toured with the Tania Leon's Son Sonora Ensemble; recorded with Roberta Flack and operatic soprano Barbara Conrad; and performed with the New York Philharmonic, Manhattan Virtuosi, Lansing Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Wynton Marsalis, Gladys Knight, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, among others.
Dr. Flagg is currently a board member of the League of American Orchestras in New York. He 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 also being 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. He 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.
Since Dean Flagg's arrival, The Hartt School has developed a new mission statement and defined a set of core values, seen its first student/faculty performances in Seattle's Benaroya Hall, New York's Carnegie Hall, and the Joyce Theater, and webcast. The School has welcomed more than 200 world-renowned guest artists and teachers, including the Emerson String Quartet and the Bang on the Can All-Stars; actor/director Terry Layman and casting agent Patricia McCorkle; Graham principal dancer Miki Orihara and Limón dancer Raphael Bournaila; composers Chen Yi, Jennifer Higdon, and John Corigliano; jazz and world music artists Curtis Fuller and Regina Carter; and vocalists Lucy Shelton and Maureen O'Flynn.
The School created new collaborations with the Stamford Symphony, Martha Graham Company, Eastern Rehabilitation Network, and the Foundation for New American Music. Hartt has seen a significant increase in the funds raised through its annual Gala, excellent enrollment trends, and a strengthening of its connection with its alumni through alumni concerts, receptions, retreats, and the use of social media platforms. Hartt also has seen the completion of renovations of all practice rooms, numerous capital and technological upgrades, the re-establishment of the Hartt Student Council, and an exciting increase in the size, diversity, and level of engagement of its advisory board.