Saxophonist Paul J. Forsyth will present a faculty recital at Northwestern State University Friday, Jan. 27 at 6 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.
Forsyth, an associate professor of saxophone at Northwestern State, will be joined by fellow faculty members Leah Forsyth on oboe, Chialing Hsieh on piano and Oliver Molina on marimba. The program will feature works by Paul Creston, David Maslanka, Alyssa Morris and Takashi Yoshimatsu.
Paul Forsyth joined the Northwestern State faculty in 2007. He has been on the faculties of Albion College, Spring Arbor University and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. He received his doctoral and master’s degrees in saxophone performance from Michigan State University and his bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Tennessee.
Paul Forsyth is a member of two renowned chamber ensembles, The Three Reeds Duo and the Iridium Quartet. He has performed recitals and taught master classes at concert halls, universities and conferences around the world. Paul Forsyth has been featured as a soloist and chamber musician at the North American Saxophone Alliance Conference, World Saxophone Congress, John Donald Robb Composer Symposium and International Saxophone Symposium. He has been instrumental in commissioning several new works for solo saxophone, saxophone quartet and saxophone/oboe duo.
Leah Forsyth has been a member of NSU’s faculty since 2011. She was 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 was 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. She has performed with the Tallahassee Symphony, Charleston (S.C.) Symphony, Ohio Light Opera, Brevard Music Center Orchestra, and the Columbus (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra. She is principal oboe of the Rapides Symphony and second oboe with the Texarkana Symphony.
Hsieh is in his first year on the Northwestern State faculty. An avid performer of contemporary music, she has premiered approximately 40 compositions and performed on the premiere recordings of 10 works by contemporary composers. Hsieh has been a featured pianist on seven CDs on the Centaur, Innova, Enharmonic and Ballpark labels.
She has performed with members of the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic and National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan. Hsieh earned her bachelor’s degree from the National Taipei University of the Arts and a masters and doctorate in piano performance from the University of Cincinnati Colllege-Conservatory of Music.
Molina is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in percussion performance and pedagogy at the University of Iowa. He is an active percussion performer, educator, arranger, adjudicator and clinician and has performed at several conferences and colleges across the United States. Molina earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Central Florida and a master’s at the University of Arkansas.
He has adjudicated numerous marching contests, and state solo and ensemble festivals. Molina has had articles published in the PAS journal Percussive Notes and has had percussion ensemble and steel band arrangements published by Alfred Publications.