Matthew M. Marsit
TitlesChair of Instrumental Studies
Matthew M. Marsit joined the Conservatory in 2018 and is chair of instrumental studies.
An active conductor and clarinetist, Marsit has led ensembles and performed as a solo, chamber, and orchestral musician throughout the United States. He is the director of bands for the Hopkins Center for the Performing Arts at Dartmouth College, music director of the Charles River Wind Ensemble, and assistant conductor of Symphony Nova. He previously held a number of conducting positions at Ithaca College, Cornell University, and Drexel University, among others.
A champion for new music and advancing the repertoire of original works for wind ensemble, Marsit has led premiere performances including Christopher Marshall, Louis Andriessen, Daniel Basford, Christopher Theofanidis, Richard Marriott, Michael Gandolfi, Matthew Herman, Edward Green, and Thomas Miller.
As a clarinetist, Marsit has performed with many ensembles including the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Fairmont Chamber Orchestra, and Cornell University’s Ensemble X, and has made solo appearances with the Keene State University Symphony Band, the Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble, the Handel Society at Dartmouth,, and many others.
An advocate for the use of music as a vehicle for service, Marsit has led ensembles on service missions, collecting instruments for donation to schools, performing charity benefit concerts, and offering workshops to benefits struggling arts programs. His current work at Dartmouth allows for outreach projects in the rural schools of New Hampshire and Vermont, including the highly successful Dartmouth Youth Wind Ensemble, which partners members of the Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble with middle school students from throughout the region.
A native of Hazleton, Pennsylvania, Marsit completed his studies in music at Temple University, where he studied clarinet with Anthony Gigliotti and Ronald Reuben, and conducting with Luis Biava and Arthur Chodoroff. Additionally, Marsit has studied conducting with some of the world’s most prominent instructors including Mark Davis Scatterday of the Eastman School of Music, Timothy Reynish of the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, UK and Gianluigi Gelmetti at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy. Marsit also holds a graduate degree in orchestral conducting from The Boston Conservatory.