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Meet Carlot Dorve

Today we’d like to introduce you to Carlot Dorve.

Carlot Dorvé is a gifted trumpeter, composer and music educator from the country of Haiti. Although Dorvé’s style and talents on the trumpet amaze his audiences, they are even more astonished to see him perform using his “only” arm and hand. Dorvé, a Michigan State University graduate, lost his right arm to an infection at age five in Haiti. While in elementary school for the handicapped, Dorvé asked for four years to play an instrument, but teachers discouraged him from saying over and over, “you can’t play the trumpet with one arm.” When he had his first chance to hold a trumpet, he practiced more than his fellow students, practicing instead of eating meals and after classes, persevering. He was soon teaching his fellow students how to play the trumpet and giving lessons. As he learned to play the trumpet with only his left hand, at age 12, he was discovered at a music camp by a professor from Flint’s Mott Community College (Michigan) and brought to the US as a foreign exchange student.

An alumnus of Michigan State University (MSU) heard him at a church service and recommended he play for the music department there. Soon after, he was offered a full scholarship. Dorvé performs a variety of music, from classical to sacred music throughout the United States and internationally, including, Progue, Vienna, London, etc. He has played for the renowned trumpeter, Wynton Marsalis and for the New York Jazz Orchestra. Dorvé graduated in 2016 from Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Trumpet Performance. In 2018, he received a second degree a Master’s degree in trumpet performance from Pennsylvania State University. He has traveled to over the United States and internationally, performing in concerts, as well as teaching at trumpet clinics in Haiti, at camps and giving private lessons. Schools enjoy having Mr. Dorvé play for their students because he is a role model of what young people can accomplish, despite having handicaps. Dorvé has been able to persevere and focus on his music despite the tragedies he has been through. He often shares his riveting personal testimony, praising God for bringing him through poverty and traumatic life situations. Presently, Mr. Dorvé is pursuing a Ph.D. in music education at the University of Missouri, where he is serving as a graduate Teaching Assistant.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
No, it has not been a smooth road. It was hard growing up with one arm, people tend to see my handicap before they see me for who I am. But I believe in working hard and trusting God and by God God’s grace, I am where i am today.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
Wynton Marsalis, Wilmer Wise, Bob Levy, Jeanne Pocius, Richard Illman.

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