A native of South Dakota, Aaron Apaza has held the positions of Principal Bassoon with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra since 2013 and Lecturer of Bassoon at the University of Tennessee since 2016. Previously, he served as Acting Assistant Principal Bassoon with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra for the 2011-2012 season and acting Assistant Principal Bassoon with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra for the 2010-2011 season.
Aaron spent his last two years of high school at Interlochen Arts Academy, where he studied with the Cleveland Orchestra’s Assistant Principal Bassoon, Barrick Stees. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from the Curtis Institute of Music and his Master’s Degree from Yale University. His teachers include Bernard Garfield and Frank Morelli.As a 2001 Presidential Scholar in the Arts, Aaron has performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. After completing his studies at Yale, he was invited to join Miami’s New World Symphony, where he performed under the direction of artistic director Michael Tilson Thomas. He has also played with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and the Baltimore Symphony, among others.