About Us



Founded in 1998 by Louis Sinoff, the Charles River Wind Ensemble (CRWE) is a music group with the mission of promoting the performance, appreciation, and composition of classical and contemporary wind ensemble music. The CRWE achieves this goal through its annual series of free concerts in Lexington. These performances promote appreciation and educate the community through brief concert talks and program notes about the composers and pieces being performed. By frequently performing new pieces by contemporary composers, the ensemble also supports the continued growth of the modern wind ensemble repertoire.

The members of the CRWE are a diverse group of talented musicians from the greater Boston Metropolitan area. Most members performed in college ensembles and many have music degrees. The CRWE provides its members with the opportunity to play quality music in a rigorous, challenging, semi-professional music environment. All of the members are volunteers who take time out of their busy lives to rehearse Tuesday nights at Watertown High School.

Dedicated to bringing music to the community, Charles River Wind Ensemble concerts are free, open to the public and performed at the handicapped-accessible Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library in Lexington. The CRWE is a 501(c)(3) organization and gratefully welcomes your tax-deductible donations.

Artistic Staff:
Matthew M. Marsit

Artistic Director


An active conductor and clarinetist, Matthew M. Marsit has led ensembles and performed as a solo, chamber, and orchestral musician throughout the United States. Currently serving as the Chair of Instrumental Studies for the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Matthew also serves as the Artistic Director of the Charles River Wind Ensemble in Boston.  Matthew has previously held conducting positions at Dartmouth College, Ithaca College, Cornell University, Drexel University, Symphony Nova, the Chestnut Hill Orchestra, the Bucks County Youth Ensembles, the Performing Arts Institute of Wyoming Seminary and the Eastern US Music Camp.

A champion for new music and advancing the repertoire of original works for wind ensemble, Matthew has led premiere performances from Christopher Marshall, Louis Andriessen, Daniel Basford, Christopher Theofanidis, Kevin Krumenauer, Richard Marriott, Michael Gandolfi, Matthew Herman, Edward Green, and Thomas Miller, among others.


As a clarinetist, Matthew has performed with many ensembles including the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Fairmont Chamber Orchestra, 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, the Cornell University Jazz Ensemble, the Performing Arts Institute of Wyoming Seminary, the Drexel University Symphony Orchestra and the Chestnut Hill Orchestra.  Matthew has served as clarinet faculty at Plymouth State University.


An advocate for the use of music as a vehicle for service, Matthew 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 work at Dartmouth allowed for outreach projects in the rural schools of New Hampshire and Vermont, working to stimulate interest in school performing arts programs, including the highly successful Dartmouth Youth Wind Ensemble, that partners members of the Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble side-by-side with middle school students from throughout the region.  In 2014, Marsit designed led the Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble on its first international service and performance tour to San Jose, Costa Rica, partnering with the Costa Rican National Institute of Music, the University of Costa Rica and several SiNEM Schools in the country to share and exchange with young students in financially deprived regions, a location to which the DCWE returned in March 2017.


A native of Hazleton, Pennsylvania, Matthew moved first to Philadelphia to complete his studies in music at Temple University, graduating Summa Cum Laude, where he studied clarinet with Anthony Gigliotti and Ronald Reuben and conducting with Luis Biava and Arthur Chodoroff. Additionally, Matthew has studied conducting with some of the world’s most prominent instructors including Mark Davis Scatterday of the Eastman School of the Music, Timothy Reynish of the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, UK and Gianluigi Gelmetti at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy. Matthew also holds a graduate degree in Orchestral Conducting from The Boston Conservatory.

CLICK HERE to learn more about CRWE's Music Director,  Matthew M. Marsit.

Sebastian Bonaiuto

Assistant Conductor


Sebastian Bonaiuto fulfills the important role of Assistant Conductor, covering for Matthew Marsit in both rehearsals and concerts. He is also a long-time member of the CRWE trumpet section.

Sebastian Bonaiuto is the first full-time Director of Bands at Boston College. Appointed in 1989 to create performing opportunities for both accomplished student musicians and developing players, Mr. Bonaiuto designed and implemented a comprehensive Bands Program. Over 250 student performers currently participate in wind ensembles, jazz ensembles, chamber ensembles, athletic ensembles, and classes. In addition to serving as the principal administrator of the Boston College Bands Program, Mr. Bonaiuto conducts the University Wind Ensemble and BC bOp!, the instrumental and vocal jazz ensemble at Boston College.

Board of Directors:
Russ Widom

Board President


Matthew Dawson

Treasurer & Librarian


Elizabeth Titus



Tasnin ("Taz")

Personnel Manager


Hal Churchill
Emily Fritz-Endres
Jen Goldman
Anna Moir
Gary Seligson
Judy Pippin
Charles River
Wind Ensemble


P.O. Box 590470

Newton Centre, MA 02459

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