Faculty Bios

faculty_photo_araleeAralee Dorough is principal flutist of the Houston Symphony and an active performing and recording artist. She is on the faculty of the Moores School of music and the Texas Music Festival. She has traveled around the world as a member of the Houston Symphony Chamber Players, performing in places like Tokyo, Osaka, Vienna, Copenhagen, Hanover and at the Ravinia Festival. Ms. Dorough recorded Mozart’s Flute Concerto in G major with Christoph Eschenbach and the Houston Symphony for a triple CD set released by IMP Records in 1994. She also made two recordings with Eschenbach and the Chamber Players for the Koch label, including a critically acclaimed rendition of Schoenberg’s Quintet for Winds. Her debut solo recording, “Colours” featuring music of Debussy, Bartok, Barber and Stravinsky, was released in January 2014.


Keith Underwood has had a diverse career as a flutist and teacher. His principal teachers were Salvatore Amato and Thomas Nyfenger (with whom he studied at the Yale School of Music). He is solo flutist for Parnassus and Ufonia, and has performed with most of the major musical organizations in the New York area, including the New York Philharmonic, the American Composer’s Orchestra, and the Orpheus Ensemble. He has recorded extensively for such labels as New World, CRI, Columbia, and Musical Heritage, and has done a great deal of recording for motion pictures and television in New York and Los Angeles. He has appeared as a soloist and recorded with such diverse artists as Bejamin Verdery, Anthony Newman, Milton Nascimento, Bobby McFerrin, Rod Stewart, Kathleen Battle, and Celine Dion.

Keith is well-known as a flute teacher and teacher of general techniques for wind players and singers. Many people who have studied flute and other instruments with him, play in—or have gone on to play in—orchestras throughout the United States and abroad. He has served as a wind-playing consultant to the New Jersey Symphony, the New World Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the Oregon Symhony, the Honolulu Symphony, the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, the Toledo Symphony, and the the Orquestra Sinfonica de la Universidad de Guanajuato in Mexico. He teaches at the Mannes College of Music and New York University, the Aaron Copland School of Music, and CUNY graduate center and has taught many masterclasses and seminars in the United States and abroad, including Brazil (where he taught on a Fulbright Lecturship Grant in 1986), Japan, Italy, and Mexico at such well-known institutions as the Eastman School, the Juilliard School, Rice University, New England Conservatory, North Texas State, the University of Iowa, the University of New Mexico, the University of Minnesota, and the Berklee School of Music. Each summer Keith gives master classes all over the world, most recently in Ravello, Italy, Abiquiu, New Mexico, Carmel Valley, Maui, California, and Mushashino Academy in Tokyo

faculty_photo_leelaLeela Breithaupt
plays both Baroque flute (traverso) and modern flute and focuses on period-specific approaches to playing music from 17th century French Baroque to 21st century avant garde. She has appeared in the United States, Europe and Asia in solo and chamber settings. She has been lauded for her “great dexterity and extraordinary talent” (Norddeutsche Rundschau). Ms. Breithaupt is currently recording a series of CD projects of French Baroque orchestral music with the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra under the directiorthold Kuijken. She works as an active liaison between modern flute and traverso through national Go Baroque masterclasses on Historically Informed Performance for modern flutists and through a series of articles published in Flute Talk magazine.