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.
PERFORMS ON: Boston Classic – GS Alloy with 8k Gold Headjoint
“Side by side with the Debussy Syrinx, the Ibert Entr’acte, the Satie Gymnopedies, and the Faure Berceuse, there are fascinating nuggets by Francis Kleynjans and Louis Moyse…Oooh-la-la!”
“…rich tone…velvety engineering.”
“…four delicious tidbits by Kleynjans (the arias especially) and the charming three-movement Moyse Cantos. The final allegro of the Moyse, in particular, shows what LaPorte can do.” — American Record Guide 2008 Review
With guitarist Gerry Saulter, Ms. LaPorte performs concerts throughout the United States and Europe and the Duo is hailed for bringing concert music of the world to life with their warm presence and engaging interpretations of diverse repertoire. Through innovative thematic programming, Serenade Duo’s vision is to make music accessible and enjoyable for audiences of all ages across the globe. Featured performance venues include Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, American Church in Paris, United States and New Zealand Embassies in Paris, International School of Paris, American Cathedral in Paris, St. Lawrence Jewry/Guild Hall in London, St. John’s Church in Stratford London, St. Ann’s Church Dublin, International School of Ireland and Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico in San Juan. Serenade Duo is also proud to be five time Chamber Music Award Winners from Artists International and an endorsed ensemble with Alhambra Guitars and Fishman Music.
Throughout her career, Ms. LaPorte has performed as a soloist and chamber musician for many arts organizations, music societies, museums, libraries, musical theatre productions and educational institutions worldwide. She has played for WSHU Public Radio and appeared on television with PBS/WLIW, News 12 Long Island, FiOS1 and KCTU. As a recording artist she can be heard on Centaur Records.
Michelle LaPorte is an Associate Professor and the Coordinator of Woodwind Studies at Five Towns College, New York. Professor LaPorte is also an Adjunct Faculty member at Suffolk County Community College teaching flute, music appreciation and fundamentals. 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 the 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.