The award winning ensemble Serenade Duo featuring flutist Michelle LaPorte and guitarist Gerry Saulter bring concert music of the world to life with their warm presence and engaging interpretations of diverse repertoire. Through innovative and culturally thematic programming their vision is to make music accessible and enjoyable for audiences of all ages across the globe. In recognition of this ideal, the Duo was honored with a Suffolk County Certificate of Appreciation for Diverse Community Programs.
As performers, educators, and world chamber music advocates, Serenade Duo tours extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and Canada. They are proud concert and recording artists for Alhambra Guitars, Miyazawa Flutes, Celestine Flute Rexonator, Dieter Hopf Guitars, D’Addario Strings, Fishman Music and Centaur Records.
As five time Artists International Distinguished Chamber Music Award Recipients the Duo has performed concerts at Carnegie Hall and Merkin Concert Hall in New York City. Serenade Duo has also performed with many arts councils, libraries, museums, festivals and educational institutions throughout the world. Featured performances include: American Church in Paris, the United States and New Zealand Embassies in Paris, International Schools of Paris and Ireland, American Cathedral in Paris, St. Lawrence Jewry-Guild Hall in London, St. John’s Church in Stratford London, 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, FTC Fall Festival of Guitar, NY and Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico. In addition, the Duo has been heard on WHSU Public Radio and has appeared on television with WLIW/PBS, News 12 Long Island, FiOS 1, and KCTU Kansas.
Serenade Duo is an ensemble member of Chamber Music America and the Delian Music Society.
MICHELLE LAPORTE, flute
Michelle LaPorte is an acclaimed flutist and Miyazawa Flutes Performing Artist who plays throughout the world in chamber music recitals and solo performances. She is an Adjunct Faculty member at Suffolk County Community College teaching flute, music history and music fundamentals. For twenty years she was an Associate Professor and the Coordinator of Woodwind Studies at Five Towns College, New York.
Ms. 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.
GERRY SAULTER, guitar
Gerry Saulter is a renowned classical guitarist who performs across the globe as a soloist and chamber musician. He is presently an Applied Instructor of Classical Guitar at Suffolk County Community College. Prof. Saulter served as the Deputy Director of the Music Division, as well as the Director of Applied Music at Five Towns College, New York for over twenty years. Professor Saulter was also the Founder/Artistic Director of the Annual Fall Festival of Guitar at Five Towns College.
Mr. Saulter holds a Masters of Music Degree from Five Towns College and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Performance from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He is proud to be an endorsed artist with D’Addario Strings, Alhambra Guitars, Fishman Music and Dieter Hopf guitars.