Faculty Bios


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Aralee 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, perfo

rming 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


Flutist Leela Breithaupt performs and teaches both Baroque flute (traverso) and modern flute and has appeared in the United States, Europe and Asia in solo and chamber settings. Focusing on period-specific approaches to playing music from seventeenth century French Baroque to 21st century avant garde, she has been lauded for her “great dexterity and extraordinary talent” (Norddeutsche Rundschau). Ms. Breithaupt is a founding member and director of Les Ordinaires baroque trio, whose debut album, Inner Chambers: Royal Court Music of Louis XIV, will be released on the Naxos label in early 2018. Her discography includes All Hail the Sun King (Indie Barock) with the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, The Vanishing Nordic Chorale (Musik Ekklesia), and Beethoven Tänze & Menuette (Koch International) with the Bavarian Chamber Philharmonic. She works as an active liaison between modern flute and traverso through national Go Baroque masterclasses on Historically Informed Performance for modern flute. Since 2014, she has written a series of articles on Baroque playing for Flute Talk magazine. Ms. Breithaupt is the recipient of a 2017 Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship recipient from the Arts Council of Indianapolis and a 2016 Individual Artist Program grant from the Indiana Arts Commission. She is a member of the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, Bourbon Baroque, and Studio in Bloom and performs with New York Baroque, North Carolina Baroque Orchestra, and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.


faculty_photo_sergioSergio Pallottelli captivates and dazzles audiences worldwide. As a soloist and avid chamber musician, he has performed in halls of Europe, Australia, US and South America. Constantly in search of a new composition or a new piece to adapt for the flute,

he offers elegant and passionate programming. Pallottelli communicates with his audiences in the most charismatic way, be it in major orchestra halls or chamber settings alike. His virtuosic and poetic style of playing has a human approach to it and is always at the service of music; his sound is alive and multicolored, his phrasing elegant yet daring. He is interested in a wide variety of styles, which drives him to collaborate with composers world-wide. His love for chamber music has brought him to perform with top musicians from five continents.

Pallottelli is equally at home playing and teaching music from the Baroque to our time, as well as music of Latin America.  Having toured Central America and South America for over ten years, he has developed a deep passion for the music of  Chile, Argentina, Ecuador, Brazil, Peru, Mexico, Colombia and Venezuela. Performing music of our time plays an important role in Pallottelli’s career as it is a living continuation of history and musical development; he frequently collaborates with composers to increase the repertoire for the flute and has premiered several new works for the instrument. This always opens new windows of knowledge, brings great freshness to his playing and broadens his musical horizon.

The 2016-17 season included recitals, concertos and master classes at the International Flute Festivals of Costa Rica, Chile, Mexico, Peru and Canada. Further engagements took Pallottelli to Rice University, University of Houston and University of Utah. He spent the summer performing and teaching chamber music in France and Italy.

The upcoming season brings recitals and chamber music collaborations in the US, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Germany, Canada, France, Belgium and Italy. In July 2018 he will be continuing the extremely successful “Flauti al Castello”, a week long flute class in the heart of Tuscany, joined again this year by flutist Mark Sparks and will again be on faculty of the Zodiac Festival in France, both events now in their sixth season.

In 2011 Pallottelli relocated to Houston, Texas. The new home has him teaching a private studio of advanced flutists, playing with the leading music organizations in the area, as well as pursuing a busy performing and teaching activity away from home. Prior to the move to Houston he lived in Connecticut, where he was adjunct flute faculty at University of Bridgeport as well as at the prestigious Taft School. He joins the Faculty of Longy School of Music of Bard College in Boston, beginning in the Fall of 2017.

Pallottelli was born in New York City, of an Italian father, a journalist and photographer, and a German mother, a painter and textile designer, who raised him in Italy from an early age. Growing up in rural Tuscany, he lived the simple life, but was exposed to art and music for as long as he can remember. The house was always full of friends from all parts of the world, artists, singers, musicians and scientists. The languages spoken on a daily basis were Italian, English and German. Pallottelli later also became fluent in Spanish, as a result of his frequent travels to South and Central America. At high-school age he moved to Siena, to pursue more serious musical studies at the Conservatory. After high school he moved to Milan and entered the Conservatory, graduating shortly after.  He has lived in Milan, Monterchi, Siena, Salt Lake City, New Haven and Houston. Thanks to his travels and many close friendships both within and outside the music world, there are many places he calls home, in Europe, Latin America and North America.

Pallottelli holds performance degrees from the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory of Music in Milan, Italy, University of Utah and Yale School of Music. He spent several summers working intensely with French flute legend Maxence Larrieu, who taught with great discipline, style and verve, to make a significant impression on Pallottelli’s playing and musicianship.