Serenade Duo

Michelle LaPorte, flute & Gerry Saulter, guitar

Flutist: Michelle LaPorte

Michelle LaPorte is an acclaimed Miyazawa Flutes Performing Artist, Centaur Recording Artist, and flutist/founding member of the award-winning flute and guitar ensemble, Serenade Duo.

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, Usdan Center for the Creative & Performing Arts, 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, appeared on television with PBS/WLIW, News 12 Long Island, FiOS 1, and KCTU.

Michelle LaPorte is an Adjunct Faculty member at Suffolk County Community College teaching flute, music history and music theory. She is also currently the Lead Flute Teacher at Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts. For twenty years she served 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. As an advocate for bringing all of the arts together, she has also served as the Coordinator of Music at The Heckscher Museum of Art, organizing concerts that connected to the museum's exhibitions. 

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. Ms. LaPorte is currently a member of the National Flute Association, Chamber Music America, and the Delian Music Society. 

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