Marshall Pontrelli ’17 — Men’s Secretary

Majors: Geoscience and PerspectivesMarshall website pic (1)

Hometown: Winchester MA

Voice Part: Tenor II

Favorite Quote:
Life Decree:

  1. 1. Look Good
  2. 2. Feel Good
  3. 3. Look Good
  4. 4. Be Safe

Welcome letter:

Dear Chorale,

My name is Marshall Pontrelli and I am this year’s Men’s Secretary for the University Chorale of Boston College. First, I would like to extend my congratulations to each and every one of you for making the group. All of you made a good impression on us officers both musically and as people and I look forward to getting to know you throughout the year.

Second, let me tell you about myself. I am a senior at Boston College. I am from Winchester, Massachusetts. I lived in Claver 1 my first year, Welch 3 my second, 235 Foster street my third and am living in Rubenstein 4 my fourth year. I was in chorale for all of those semesters except the first one of my sophomore year when a class conflict caused me to miss the semester. Needless to say, it was not as good a semester as it would have been had I been in the chorale. My favorite food is spaghetti with gravy. I like to hike and golf and this past summer got into road biking and am now transitioning into mountain biking. I have a life sized cardboard cutout of Smokey the Bear in my room. My Toyota highlander has become one of my favorite machines since beginning my relationship with her back in 2011 when I got my license. At school, I am a geological sciences major concentrating in geophysics. This summer, I did research at BC’s geophysical and seismology observatory in Weston at the Campion Center. The work I did is translating into a thesis for this year and I still locate earthquakes for BC’s database as my campus job.

Third, my job is Men’s Secretary. I take attendance for all the men on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If you start missing rehearsals consistently I will inquire as to why. I take all of the new members to get tuxedos at Keezers at the beginning of each semester and I ensure that everyone is properly dressed before every concert. If anyone has any issues chorale related or life related please tell me via email or, preferably, face to face. I expect everyone to be on time to rehearsal and put all of their effort into that rehearsal. As you will see, you are now part of a team that accomplishes amazing things, and though you do not get individual recognition, you help represent and glorify Boston College in a way that no other group can on campus.

Fourth, welcome to chorale. Everything seems weird and foreign freshman year. You don’t know who your friends are or even what the hell you’re supposed to be doing. As with anything, however, sticking it out to the end is worth it. Three years down the line, when I realized how my best opportunities, best memories and most artistically educational hours were spent in chorale, it is easy to say that I’m glad I came back after semester 1 my sophomore year. It is that spirit that I want to instill in all incoming members. We are a unit. A unit of friends and colleagues from all over the country and the world with the common goal of singing beautifully. Together, we can achieve that goal. This year I expect to achieve that goal. I’ll see you all every Tuesday and Thursday at 4:30 for the next year. Let’s rock and roll.



Marshall Pontrelli

Why I love chorale: I do something I like with people I like in front of thousands of people who also like what I like. There is also a strong sense of history and lineage with this organization, something that makes me apart of something that spans more than my four years here. If you didn’t know, Chorale has been around since 1913. Traditions have been passed on for 102 years.  As a Choraler, I am grateful for what this history has given me and I am passionate about continuing this legacy.

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