Michelle LaPorte is a Miyazawa Performing Artist and flutist/founding member of the award winning flute and guitar ensemble, Serenade Duo. With guitarist Gerry Saulter, Ms. LaPorte performs concerts throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. Featured venues include Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, the 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 in London, St. John’s Church in Stratford London, St. Ann’s Church Dublin, and the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico in San Juan. Serenade Duo has received five Distinguished Chamber Music Awards from Artists International, a Suffolk County Certificate of Appreciation for Diverse Community Programs, and the Duo is an endorsed ensemble with Alhambra Guitars, D'Addario Strings, and Fishman Music.
Throughout her career, Ms. LaPorte has also 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, appeared on television with PBS/WLIW, News 12 Long Island, FiOS 1, KCTU, and 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 and an Adjunct Faculty member at Suffolk County Community College. In addition to instructing flute students at both colleges, Professor LaPorte also teaches music history and music fundamentals. 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.