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Concert for a Cause: Annemieke McLane and Matthew Marsit

"Winds and Woods." Listen for the dialogue between the clarinet, the winds through the reeds and the wood with the wooden soundboard of the piano resonating with counter melodies, full harmonies and more. Concert to benefit the Upper Valley Haven.

"Winds and woods." A concert not to be missed. Listen for the dialogue between the clarinet, the winds through the reeds and the wood with the wooden soundboard of the piano resonating with counter melodies, full harmonies and more.
Composers like Brahms, Finzi, Saint-Saëns and more have been capturing this blend in wonderful works. Performed by top musicians Matthew Marsit , clarinet, and pianist Annemieke McLane

About the duo:

Matthew Marsit  (as the director of bands for the Hopkins Center for the Performing Arts at Dartmouth College) and Annemieke McLane (as pianist for the Handel Society and Theater Department at Dartmouth College), met and heard each other's playing and decided to perform together. Sharing a passion for this wonderful repertoire.

Learn more about the Upper Valley Haven


Matthew Marsit:

 "Boston Conservatory at Berklee announces the appointment of conductor and clarinetist Matthew M. Marsit (M.M. '12, orchestral conducting) as chair of instrumental studies, a position which oversees all instrumental areas within the Conservatory’s Music Division under the direction of Dean of Music Michael Shinn. Marsit’s appointment begins this fall. He will join colleagues Patty Thom, chair of voice, and Jonathan Bailey Holland, chair of composition, contemporary music, and core studies.

For the better part of the last decade, 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.

In addition to being an alumnus of Boston Conservatory, Marsit is uniquely positioned for this role due to his active involvement in the creation and performance of new music, as well as being an advocate for “music as a vehicle for service,” having a vast background in charitable efforts through music.

“I am thrilled to welcome Matthew to the Conservatory as the leader of Instrumental Studies. He will be a huge asset to us because he embodies our core values of artistic integrity, creating pathways through new music, and giving back to the community,” said Boston Conservatory at Berklee Dean of Music Michael Shinn. “With this new and exciting era of the Conservatory, Matthew is the perfect person to lead the way towards innovative pedagogy through a global and social lens.”

Offering undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate degree programs, instrumental studies is the largest degree-granting area of the Music Division and the Conservatory as a whole. The Music Division presents more than 450 performances each year featuring students, faculty, and guest artists in venues on campus and in the greater Boston area.

Prior to earning his M.M. in orchestral conducting from Boston Conservatory, Marsit completed studies in music at Temple University, under the tutelage of Anthony Gigliotti and Ronald Reuben, and conducting with Luis Biava and Arthur Chodoroff. Additionally, Marsit 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."


Pianist Annemieke McLane:

Pianist Annemieke (Spoelstra) McLane was born in the Netherlands and studied for her Masters in Piano Performance at the conservatory in Zwolle with Rudy de Heus. She received the Student of the Year Award for her final recital, for sensitive playing and well balanced programs. Besides her solo playing, she was collaborative pianist at the conservatories of Zwolle, Arnhem, Rotterdam, Amsterdam for different instrumentalists and vocalists. At the Sweelinck conservatory of Amsterdam she specialized in ArtSong Accompaniment. She received at age 21 the National Young Music Talent Award for best accompanist. Praised for her toucher and coloring. After her Master's Degree she studied privately with Tan Crone in Amsterdam (who had studied with Rudolf Serkin and Nadia Boulanger.) Annemieke was finalist in Paris for the Lily and Nadia Boulanger competition. She had masterclasses with Rudolf Jansen, Elly Ameling, Miranda van Kralingen, Benjamin Rawitz, Roger Vignoles, Tan Crone, Peter Serkin, Noel Lee, Shmuel Magen.

When she arrived in Vermont in 2004, she started teaching piano at St. Michael's College and in her private studio. She has played for the SMC Chorale with conductor Nathaniel Lew for 11 years and was pianist for the VYO Choruses with Jeff Buettner conducting. She was founding member of the Heliand Trio (now consort), and played for the Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble. ( under her maiden name ‘Spoelstra’) She moved from Burlington to the Upper Valley in where she lives with her husband accordionist Jeremiah McLane and their son Luke.

Annemieke has been teaching at the Upper Valley Music Center, and she was pianist for the Thetford Chamber Singers. Since 2013/14 she is the pianist for the Handel Society of Dartmouth College, Dr. Robert Duff conductor/musical director. Since 2015 she is also playing for the Theater Department of Dartmouth College, for classes taught by prof. Carol Dunne.

Annemieke teaches at her home studio, and is music director of the United Church of Strafford. In 2018 she performed 14 commissioned works by contemporary composers for prof. Susan Summerfield’s retirement concert at St. Michael’s college and she was part of the Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival as solo-pianist, including giving a masterclass. Past performances were in the Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, Poland, France. in the US (VT, ME, FL, CT, MA, NH) and in Quebec as a soloist and as a duo with Jeremiah McLane in "Cassette Duo" (new name since 2017). She plays in the Cassotto Duo (Jeremiah and Annemieke McLane). The Cassotto Duo teams up with 8 Cuerdas (Sarah Cullins and Daniel Gaviria) as the 'Piazzolla Project', specialized in South American music (mainly Argentian Tango). She performs with cellist Emily Taubl, soprano Julie Ness and clarinetist Matthew Marsit. Annemieke plays every year new solo concerts throughout the state.

At the United church of Strafford she performs monthly concerts.