Sidney Forrest, music teacher, dies at 94

August 20, 2013

Sidney Forrest, a clarinet teacher on the faculty at Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore from 1946 to 1985, died Aug. 9 at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda. He was 94.

The cause was a heart attack and a pulmonary edema, his daughter, Paula Forrest said.

Until his death, Mr. Forrest taught private clarinet lessons at his home in Kensington, and he held the designation of “master teacher” at the Levine School of Music in Washington.

He also played in recitals and chamber music concerts at the Library of Congress and the National Gallery of Art. He performed Aaron Copland’s Clarinet Concerto, with the composer conducting, at the Pan American Union building in D.C.

Sidney Seymour Forrest was born in Brooklyn. As a teenager, he took private lessons from Simeon Bellison, the principal clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic, and he played in Bellison’s Clarinet Ensemble. He studied at the Juilliard School of Music in New York and graduated in 1939 from the University of Miami music school.

In 1941 he came to Washington as a clarinetist and soloist with the Marine Corps Band, after having received a master’s degree in music at Columbia.

While at Peabody, he also had been an adjunct faculty member at American and Catholic universities. Summers from 1959 to 2005, he taught at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan.

His wife of 62 years, Faith Levine Forrest, died in 2003. Survivors include a companion of 10 years, Charlotte Albertson of Kensington; a daughter from his marriage, Paula Forrest of Ames, Iowa; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

— Bart Barnes

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