Six years ago, I was a junior in high school touring colleges, and I reached out to Matt Marsit, director of the Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble, to learn what opportunities for music Dartmouth had to offer. I will never forget the enthusiastic welcome Matt gave me, and I found my way to the wind ensemble quickly freshman year.
Playing with the DCWE is both a fun break from the rest of my life at Dartmouth and a rewarding challenge. Matt Marsit never ceases to amaze me with the difficult, exciting music he selects. Every term he introduces my peers and me to new musical ideas. While I must admit I have not loved every piece as enthusiastically as Matt has, he has shown me how working through a challenging piece of music can teach you a great deal and help you improve and appreciate the composition. He has also found many, many fantastic pieces of contemporary music for us to learn. Though the ensemble has few music majors, Matt’s repertoire has helped all of us grow as musicians and have serious musical experiences at Dartmouth.
Being featured on Chronicles for Trumpet and Wind Symphony by Joseph Turrin has been a wonderful capstone for my time in the Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble. I have enjoyed bringing this piece to (hopefully) a high level. While I have always worked to listen to the other players in the groups I have played in, this experience has forced me to work even harder to listen to my peers and play within their sound. I have loved working with Matt and my teacher, Ed Carroll, on Chronicles and look forward to performing it (and other great repertoire) in our Spring Concert on May 7.
The Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble performs a concert titled “The Great Spirit” on Saturday, May 7, at 8 pm, in Spaulding Auditorium. Along with the piece that features Povich, the concert includes Ferrer Ferran’s Symphony No. 3 “The Great Spirit,” reflecting on the nature-inspired work of Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi, Kathryn Salfelder’s Cathedrals and Yasuhide Ito’s …yet the sun rises, which will be conducted by Wind Ensemble member Jacob Weiss ’16.
By Stephen Povich ’16
Steven Povich ‘16 is from Wellesley, MA, and has studied the trumpet since age 10. In high school, he played in his high school’s jazz and wind ensemble programs. At Dartmouth, he has played in the Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble every term he has been on campus and also plays in shArk, a campus band. Majoring in economics and minoring in computer science and Hispanic studies, he plans to move to Boston after graduation to work in finance, but hopes to continue playing in community ensembles.