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Three Reeds Duo

Premiere CD -- signals cross available for purchase! Click on the picture or send us a message.

Premiere CD -- signals cross available for purchase! Click on the picture or send us a message.

Downtown Natchitoches - 2015

Upcoming Events:

Three Reeds to release their 2nd album in September 2019!

  • Three Reeds was awarded a Professorship through Northwestern State University to complete this project. The CD is currently in production phase and will be released in a few short months!

Three Reeds to embark on a September 2019 CD Release Tour!

  • Three Reeds will be performing at Universities throughout the southeast to include Georgia State University, Florida State University, Northwestern State University, among others. Check out my calendar for more details.

With co-founders Leah and Paul Forsyth, the Three Reeds Duo is a unique chamber ensemble that has performed for audiences on three different continents.   This oboe/saxophone duo, formed in 2005, has built a repertoire ranging from baroque and classical transcriptions to contemporary concert literature. Three Reeds has performed in a variety of venues all over the world, ranging from NASA Conferences and World Saxophone Congresses to High Schools and Universities to traditional wedding ceremonies.  

In 2015, Three Reeds was the winner of the Alford Professorship at Northwestern State University, where they are both professors on their respective instruments. This professorship allowed them to record their debut CD, signals cross.  Released in the summer of 2016, this is the first CD ever recorded of oboe/saxophone duos.  The Three Reeds Duo has commissioned works for oboe/saxophone duo from such composers as Peter Lieuwen, Alyssa Morris, Gregory Wanamaker, and Marcus Maroney.  signals cross is available for purchase by clicking HERE and sending us an email, Blue Griffin, or by download through iTunes.  

For samples and more details regarding our commissions, click here:

Three Reeds has commissioned works from the following composers:

  • Kyle Blaha (signals cross) is currently the director of Making Score, an award-winning composers workshop through the New York Youth Symphony, and is on faculty at the Julliard School. Dr. Blaha is a graduate of the Cincinnati Conservatory and of the Julliard School.

  • Thomas Hundemer (Three Reed Suite) is currently Principal Horn in the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra and Lecturer of Music at Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana.

  • Marcus Maroney (Pastorale) is currently Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Houston. Dr. Maroney has received numerous awards and fellowships for his compositions. He holds degrees from the University of Texas and Yale. Dr. Maroney has written an excellent duo for clarinet/saxophone entitled Chamaeleon II. Recently, he has just finished a saxophone quartet commissioned by the Iridium Quartet that was premiered in Puerto Rico in October of 2011.

  • NEW* Alyssa Morris (Duo Displasia) is a well-known oboist and composer. Alyssa has been commissioned to write music for the Arizona State University faculty wind quartet, the Eastern Kentucky University faculty wind trio, Brigham Young University's Sundance Trio, Ohio University's Athenia Chamber Ensemble, a consortium of bassoonists through Trevco Music Publishing, and the Brigham Young University Symphonic Band.

  • NEW* Peter Lieuwen (Little Rivers) has been commissioned, performed, and recorded by orchestras, small ensembles and artists throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. Currently on the faculty at Texas A&M University, Peter written a duo for Three Reeds that was premiered at the 2018 World Saxophone Congress in Zagreb, Croatia.

  • Richard Rose (The Journey) is a retired Professor of Music from Northwestern State University. Formerly the principal cellist in the Lake Charles Symphony and the Rapides Symphony, Mr. Rose was degrees from the University of Louisville and Florida State University. He has also written Sonata for alto saxophone.

  • Gregory Wanamaker (Duo Cadenza) is currently Professor of Composition and Music Theory at the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam. His music has been commissioned and performed all over the world, most recently in 2011 by the Society for New Music. Wanamaker is no stranger to the saxophone world having written several works for saxophone, saxophone quartet, and mixed chamber ensembles.