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, performing in places like Tokyo, Osaka, Vienna, Copenhagen, Hanover and at the Ravinia Festival. Aralee 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, is due for release in October 2013.
Besides her work in the classical music field, Aralee’s output has included forays into jazz, pop and commercial settings. She recently collaborated with her father—jazz artist and Schoolhouse Rock composer—Bob Dorough, recording a CD called Bob Dorough: The Houston Branch.
Aralee first appeared as a soloist with the Houston Symphony in 1992 performing Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp with internationally-renowned harpist, Marisa Robles. Most recently Dorough performed the Mozart Concerto in D major in April 2011 with guest conductor Rafael Fruhbeck di Burgos. In 1999 she gave the world premiere of Bright Sheng’s concerto, Flute Moon, which was commissioned by the Houston Symphony and presented at a gala concert broadcast live on PBS. In 2003, she gave the U.S. premiere of a concerto by Salvador Brotons at the National Flute Association convention. Other solo appearances with the Symphony have included Quantz’ Concerto in G major with conductor Nicholas McGegan, Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 with conductor, Joshua Rifkin and violinist, Eric Halen, and Mozart’s Concerto in G major with music director Hans Graf in 2004. In July of 2010 she performed the Mozart Concerto in D with the Texas Music Festival Orchestra and conductor Mei Ann Chen.
As a chamber musician, Aralee has collaborated regularly with other fine musicians, not only with the Chamber Players and other Houston Symphony colleagues, but also with the Da Camera Society of Houston, The Foundation for Modern Music, Musiqa, The Texas Music Festival, the Festival-Institute at Round Top and the Walled City Music Festival in Derry, Ireland. Many of these performances as well as her recitals in Houston have been aired on PBS and NPR’s Performance Today. She can be heard as principal flute on over 20 Houston Symphony recordings. She has worked with a distinguished roster of conductors and guest artists, including Eric Leinsdorf, Michael Tilson Thomas, Leonard Slatkin and Yo Yo Ma.
Aralee received her undergraduate degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 1983. She continued her studies at the Yale School of Music where she worked with renowned teacher Thomas Nyfenger. Her graduate studies were interrupted when she began her professional career: Aralee’s first job with started in the position of second flute in 1985. In 1991 she was appointed to the principal chair by music director Christoph Eschenbach.
Aralee plays a silver .014 wall Powell flute paired with silver headjoint made by Sanford Drelinger. She also plays “vertically”–using the UpRite headjoint, created by Sanford Drelinger.