"A beautiful storyteller"
~ VERONICA LOPEZ,
violist & music educator
"Remarkably talented... I could not be
happier with our collaboration."
~ MOLLY RICE, artistic director of
"Theresa offered an insightful presentation
that reflected her courage, artistry, & grace."
~ MONIQUE MEAD, violinist & professor
at Carnegie Mellon University
Noted for her "gorgeous, frictionless sound," Theresa Seguritan Abalos is a Pittsburgh-based flutist, teaching artist, & writer. She creates experiences of sound & language to explore themes related to belonging, body, & identity.
As a collaborative flutist, Theresa improvises with artists, poets, and dancers including electronic musicians BusCrates and Adam Kantz, poet Chiwan Choi, artists Likha Jae and Ginger Brooks Takahashi. Most regularly she improvises with the Pittsburgh Sound Preserve, where she is also Communications Director. She performs around Pittsburgh at venues such as Telephone, The Government Center, Spirit Lodge, Mr. Small's Theater, City of Asylum, and Kelly Strayhorn Theater.
As a writer, Theresa keeps a blog on topics from building a career as a classically-trained flutist and improviser, to personal essays and creative writing about identity, body, and diaspora. She shares pieces via Instagram and Patreon.
Improvised on alto flute with Adam Kantz, electronics. February 2023.
As a teaching artist, Theresa offers workshops on creative expression & entrepreneurship, most recently through Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestra & Youth Chamber Connection.
Theresa graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 2020 with a BXA degree in Flute Performance & Global Studies. In 2019 CMU published an article about her research on the meanings & roles of música folclórica in Argentina, which she presented at the Society of Ethnomusicology in Buffalo, NY.
A daughter of Filipino immigrants, Theresa is deeply grateful to her parents, to Alberto Almarza, Monique Mead, Jennie Dorris, and many others.
September 2022. From a series of improvised music I share on Patreon.