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FORSYTH, W.O.  (Wesley Octavius), 1859-1937
MUS 106

W.O. Forsyth fonds.  - 1882-1934.  - 25 cm of textual records.  - 25 photographs. 

Biographical sketch
Born in Markham Township, near Toronto, Ontario, Wesley Octavius Forsyth studied in Toronto with Edward Fisher, and then from 1886 to 1888 attended Leipzig Conservatory.  Upon his return to Toronto, he taught piano and theory in various institutions, including the Metropolitan Conservatory of Music (1895-1912), which he founded and of which he was sole principal.  As a composer, Forsyth mainly left pieces for piano and melodies.  In 1968, the University of Toronto instituted the W.O. Forsyth Memorial Scholarship. 

Scope and content
The fonds contains records illustrating the career of W.O. Forsyth:  correspondence; essays; lecture notes and press articles; examinations; autograph music manuscripts; scrapbooks; concert programmes; photographs, mainly of Forsyth and artistic personalities. 

Immediate source of acquisition:  acquired from Phyllis Leith in 1979. 

Restrictions:  none. 

Finding aids:  inventory. 

Proactive Disclosure