As a performer, educator, and world chamber music advocate, Michelle LaPorte tours extensively as flutist of the award-winning flute and guitar ensemble, Serenade Duo. She is an acclaimed Centaur Recording Artist and is the Professor of Flute at Suffolk County Community College in New York.
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“The pieces are attractive in the hands of LaPorte and Saulter…These are performances for repeated listening.” — American Record Guide (Siempre Vivo! CD)
“Indeed a pleasure to present Serenade on its Carnegie Hall Alumni Winners Series! It was one of the most memorable presentations in Artists International’s 26 years!” — Leo Ruiz, Artists International Founder/Director
“Serenade communicated their love of ensemble music to a sold-out audience with a wonderfully thought out and exquisitely performed program.” — Lawrence Del Casale, Director of Aranjuez Concert Series at Carnegie Hall
As a performer, educator, and world chamber music advocate, Ms. LaPorte tours extensively throughout the United States, Canada and Europe with guitarist Gerry Saulter. Featured appearances include: Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, American Church in Paris, United States and New Zealand Embassies in Paris, International Schools of Paris and Ireland, American Cathedral in Paris, St. Lawrence Jewry-Guild Hall London, St. John’s Church Stratford, St. Ann’s Church Dublin, Toronto Latin American Flute Festival, Cosmo Music Festival, Music Mondays Series at Toronto Holy Trinity Church, Washington DC Church of the Epiphany Concert Series, University of Rhode Island Guitar Festival, Heckscher Museum of Art, Wang Center, Custer Observatory, and Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico. Serenade Duo has received five Distinguished Chamber Music Awards from Artists International, a New York Council of the Arts Special Opportunity Grant, and a Suffolk County Certificate of Appreciation for Diverse Community Programs.
Throughout her career, Ms. LaPorte has also performed as a soloist and chamber musician for many arts organizations, music societies, festivals, museums, libraries, musical theatre productions, and educational institutions worldwide. She has been heard on WSHU Public Radio and appeared on television with PBS/WLIW, News 12 Long Island, FiOS 1, and KCTU Kansas.
Michelle LaPorte is currently an Adjunct Faculty member at Suffolk County Community College teaching flute, music history, and music theory. For twenty years she was an Associate Professor and the Coordinator of Woodwind Studies at Five Towns College, New York. For her commitment to higher education Professor LaPorte has been honored several times in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. She is currently a member of the National Flute Association, Chamber Music America, and Delian Music Society.
Michelle LaPorte earned a Master of Arts Degree in Music from Long Island University and has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Performance from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Her major flute performance studies were with Samuel Baron, as well as master classes with Jean-Pierre Rampal, Jeanne Baxtresser, Robert Dick, Michel Debost, and Keith Underwood.