Equally adept at both the classical and jazz repertoire, Forsyth has been featured as a soloist and chamber musician at John Donal Robb Composer Symposiums, the North American Saxophone Alliance Conference, World Saxophone Congress and International Saxophone Symposium.
As a top-call saxophonist in northern Louisiana, he has performed with such performers as Regis Philbin, Lew Soloff, the Temptations and Bobby Vinton. Last year, Forsyth was named the Collegiate Division Chairman of the Louisiana Jazz Educators Association.
Forsyth has been a member of the Northwestern State faculty since 2007 and is a member of the Iridium Quartet along with saxophonists Paul Nolen, Marcos Colón and Eric Lau. The members of the Iridium Quartet are firmly committed to bringing vibrant and engaging chamber music to their audiences while continuing to expand the repertoire for their ensemble.
Forsyth co-founded the Three Reeds Duo with oboist Leah Forsyth. The duo received the Derby Professorship at NSU and has built a repertoire that spans from baroque and classical transcriptions to contemporary concert literature.
Forsyth 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.
Elena Bogaczova is an instructor of piano and accompanist. A native of the Czech Republic, Bogaczova comes from a family of professional musicians. She started her piano studies at the age of 8.
In 1991-1993 she had an opportunity to study with an internationally acclaimed Japanese pianist Masami Kometani in Kanazawa, Japan. In 1999, she performed a featured piano solo of Saint-Saense’s “Carnival of the Animals” for an audience of over 2,000 in the Slovak Radio Hall.Bogaczova received a bachelor’s degree in music and a master’s degree in piano performance from Northwestern State.