LEAH FORSYTH currently serves as the Instructor of Oboe at Northwestern State University. Prior to joining the NSU faculty in 2011, she served as Oboist with the United States Army Field Band in Washington DC 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, Ms. Forsyth holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music degree from The Florida State University where she studied with Dr. Mark Ostoich and Dr. Eric Ohlsson respectively. She has performed with the Tallahassee Symphony, Charleston (SC) Symphony, Ohio Light Opera, Brevard Music Center Orchestra, and the Columbus (OH) Symphony Orchestra. She was also a member of the Favorable Winds Quintet, performing throughout Central Ohio from 2005-2007.
Ms. Forsyth holds the positions of Principal Oboe of the Rapides Symphony Orchestra in Alexandria, LA, 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.