Previous to serving as the Assistant Professor of Bassoon at Soochow University School of Music, Dr. Aaron Pergram worked as a bassoonist, composer, and teacher in Portland, Oregon. There, he served as the acting principal bassoonist of the Oregon Ballet Theatre and taught at Concordia University Portland. He maintains a visiting professorship at the University of Oregon during summer terms.
Pergram has performed in the United States, Canada, and China. He has appeared with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Eugene Opera, Oregon Festival of American Music, Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, Natchez Opera Festival, and various other ensembles. A proponent of new music, Pergram regularly performs new compositions in many genres and mediums. Many of these works are by active composers globally and include collaborations with such organizations as the TaiHei Ensemble, Eugene Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, Future Music Oregon, and several others. New music aside, he also greatly enjoys performing early music whether it is from the standard bassoon repertoire or from his own transcriptions.
He has appeared as a finalist at several concerto competitions and participated in various international summer music academies, including the Indiana University Summer Music Festival, Le Domaine Forget, Banff Centre for the Arts, Brevard Music Center, and Eastern Music Festival. Pergram has recorded professionally under the 2006 album Redline Tango for the Naxos label. In 2012 he authored "A Chinese-Western Method of Bassoon Pedagogy in English and Chinese: Incorporating Folk Songs from the Peoples of China, Taiwan, Mongolia, and Tibet." Presented in English as well as both simplified and traditional Chinese, this approach includes thirty progressive lessons, forty etudes, and many resources for the aspiring bassoonist.
Pergram received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Oregon in 2012. He holds additional degrees in performance from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music (MM), where he served as an Associate Instructor, and The University of Kansas (BM). He also refined his Chinese studies at Beijing Normal University. His prominent teachers include Steve Vacchi, William Ludwig, and Eric Stomberg. Dr. Pergram is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio.