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Paul Forsyth, left, and Leah Forsyth
Three Reeds Duo to hold CD release concert
09/02/2016

NATCHITOCHES – The Three Reeds Duo will present a CD release concert Friday, Sept. 9 at 6 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall on the Northwestern State University campus. Admission is free and open to the public.

The duo includes NSU Instructor of Oboe Leah Forsyth and NSU Associate Professor of Saxophone Paul Forsyth.  They will perform works from their newly released CD, signals cross, which was recorded at NSU and produced by Blue Griffin Records. CDs will be for sale at the concert. The Forsyths will perform at the University of Tennessee, Vanderbilt University and The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music as part of their release tour which is funded by the Magale Endowed Professorship.

The Three Reeds Duo was formed in 2005 and has begun building a repertoire ranging from baroque and classical transcriptions to contemporary concert literature. Three Reeds has performed in a variety of venues throughout the United States and the U.K., ranging from NASA Conferences and World Saxophone Congresses to traditional wedding ceremonies.  

In 2015, Three Reeds was the winner of the Alford Professorship at Northwestern State which allowed them to record signals cross, the first CD ever recorded of oboe/saxophone duos.  The Three Reeds Duo has commissioned works for oboe/saxophone duo from such composers as Gregory Wanamaker, Marcus Maroney, Kyle Blaha and Thomas Hundemer. 

Bringing with her a strong background in both orchestral and military band performance, Leah Forsyth joined the faculty at Northwestern State University in 2011. Prior to her time in Louisiana, 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.
 
Leah Forsyth is 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.  For more information on Leah Forsyth please visit leahforsythmusic.com.
 
Equally adept at both the classical and jazz repertoire, saxophonist Paul Forsyth has performed recitals and taught masterclasses at numerous concert halls, universities, and conferences around the world.  Paul Forsyth has been featured as a soloist and chamber musician at North American Saxophone Alliance Conferences, World Saxophone Congresses, John Donald Robb Composer Symposiums, and International Saxophone Symposiums.  As a top-call saxophonist in northern Louisiana, he has performed with such performers as Regis Philbin, Lew Soloff, the Temptations, and Bobby Vinton.  In 2012, Paul Forsyth was named the Collegiate Division Chairman of the Louisiana Association for Jazz Education (LAJE).
 
Paul Forsyth joined the faculty of Northwestern State University in the fall of 2007.  He has been on the faculty of Albion College, Spring Arbor University and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp.  Paul Forsyth is a Yamaha Performing Artist and the tenor saxophonist with the Iridium Quartet.