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Friday Webinars at Wharton Arts: From Representation to Belonging

October 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm


From Representation to Belonging: Making Performing Arts Education More Inclusive
with Dr. Aaron Flagg, Chair and Associate Director of Juilliard Jazz Studies at The Juilliard School

Helen H. Cha-Pyo, Moderator

Dr. Flagg will discuss the importance of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in music education and the performing arts followed by a panel discussion with student representatives from the Paterson Music Project, New Jersey Youth Symphony, and the Performing Arts School. CLICK HERE to register for the FREE event. Watch the livestream on WhartonArts.tv.

Dr. Aaron A. Flagg is the Chair and Associate Director of Juilliard Jazz Studies at The Juilliard School where he teaches and manages a highly selective undergraduate and graduate program. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from The Juilliard School and earned his Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) from the University of Michigan. He has extensive experience as a performer, educator, consultant, and non-profit executive.

An accomplished trumpeter, Dr. Flagg’s diverse performing experience includes concerto, recital, orchestral, chamber, big band and small jazz ensemble performances around the world. He has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Queens Symphony, Illinois Jacquet Big Band, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Absolute Ensemble, American Brass Orchestra, and New York Ragtime Orchestra among others.

Prior to his current role, Dr. Flagg was Professor of Music and Dean of The Hartt School at the University of Hartford; Executive Director of the Music Conservatory of Westchester; and Director of the Jazz Studies program at the University of Connecticut.

He has served on the governing board of the Stamford Symphony Orchestra, and currently serves on the governing boards of the League of American Orchestras and the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP): the former as Secretary and Chair of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee and the latter as Treasurer. In 2021, he was nominated by the Governor and approved by the State Senate to be a member of the New York State Council on the Arts.

His article Anti-Black Discrimination in American Orchestra was published in Symphony Magazine in the summer of 2020. He lectures and consults widely on diversity, equity and inclusion in the performing arts with foundations, orchestras, and educational institutions. He is married to collaborative pianist Cristina Stanescu Flagg. Both are the proud parents of a their son who is a SUNY-Purchase college junior.


October 29
7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
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