Joan Forsyth

Piano Department, Chair

BIOGRAPHY

Joan Forsyth, pianist, is an eclectic artist whose performing career has taken her all over the world. Teaching has always been an important part of her musical life, and she maintains a vibrant piano studio in Mount Vernon, New York. Dr. Forsyth holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from Rutgers University and a Master’s degree from the Juilliard School of Music. She has over thirty years of teaching experience, having taught both privately and for such institutions as New York University, Concordia College and Sarah Lawrence College. She also has Suzuki piano training, assisted Dr. Shinichi Suzuki and Mme. H. Katoka at Suzuki Institute West in San Francisco and takes a special interest in early childhood education. Joan Forsyth is the Chairman and founder of the Bronxville center of the National Guild of Piano teachers and a past Chairman of the Westchester-Rockland –Putnam Music Teachers Association. Currently she is the Chairperson of the Piano Department at Third Street Music School in New York City.

An active performer, Dr. Forsyth is both a sympathetic chamber musician and commanding soloist. She has made appearances at such venues as the Kennedy Center, Merkin Hall, Zankel and Weil Recital Halls, as well as tours of Europe, Russia, Japan and South America. Her playing has been broadcast on WNYC, WFAS, RAI(Italy), Vermont Public Radio, and New York Public Radio. She has appeared as soloist with the Westchester Chamber Orchestra and the Westchester Philharmonic. Joan Forsyth has recorded for CRI, Albany, Bridge, Soundspells and Furious Artisans.

EDUCATION

Bachelor Music Master Music, Doctor of Musical Arts

SCHOOL(S)

University of British Columbia, Juilliard School, Rutgers University

PRINCIPAL TEACHERS

Robert Silverman, Beveridge Webster Susan Star, Andre LaPlante, Myoko Lotto, Jeaneanne Dowis, Alexander Eydelman

PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE

Solo, chamber music performances throughout North America, South America, Europe, Russia, Japan, Africa Recordings for CRI, Albany Records, Furious Artisans. Broadcasts for NPR, RAI(Italy) Polish National Radio, Danish National Radio, CBC (Canada) Soloist Westchester Philharmonic Orchestra Westchester Chamber Orchestra.

COMPETITIONS / SCHOLARSHIPS / AWARDS

Winner La Gesse Piano Competition
Grantee Canada Council for the Arts
Westchester Arts Council
Koenig Foundation Scholarship

SUMMER FESTIVALS

Aspen, Banff, Warebrook, Shawnegan Lake

SPECIAL INTERESTS

Biking, swimming and gardening