NATCHITOCHES –Leah Forsyth will present a recital at Northwestern State University on Friday Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public. Those attending are asked to follow university regulations and to wear a mask at all times in the building. A livestream will be available at capa.nsula.edu/livestream.
She will perform works for English Horn by a diverse group of composers including Gordon Jacob, Gaetano Donizetti, Ulysses Kay, Jenni Brandon, Michael Isaacson, and Robert Schumann. She will be accompanied by Dr. Chialing Hsieh on piano and Dr. Greg Handel on organ.
Forsyth is an assistant professor of oboe at Northwestern State. Prior to joining the NSU faculty in 2011, she served as oboist with the United States Army Field Band in Washington D.C. from 2007-2011, where she also performed regularly throughout the United States with the Woodwind Ambassadors Quintet. She previously held the position of solo English Horn with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra from 2005-2007.
A native of Central Ohio, Forsyth holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music degree from Florida State University where she studied with Dr. Mark Ostoich and Dr. Eric Ohlsson. She has performed with the Tallahassee Symphony, Charleston (South Carolina) Symphony, Ohio Light Opera, Brevard Music Center Orchestra, Columbus (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra and the Louisiana Philharmonic. She was a member of the Favorable Winds Quintet, performing throughout Central Ohio from 2005-2007.
Forsyth holds the positions of principal oboe of the Rapides Symphony Orchestra and second oboe with the Texarkana Symphony. She performs regularly with the Shreveport Symphony as well as other orchestras throughout Louisiana and Texas. She is a founding member of the Three Reeds Duo with husband and saxophonist Paul Forsyth. Three Reeds performs throughout the world, building a repertoire ranging from baroque and classical transcriptions to contemporary and newly commissioned works.