"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 & director of
Music Entrepreneurship at Carnegie Mellon University
Noted for her "gorgeous, frictionless sound," Theresa Seguritan Abalos is a Pittsburgh-based flutist, writer, & teaching artist. She creates experiences of sound & language to strengthen community & explore diverse perspectives.
Recent performances include "Around the Fire" — a live art collaboration with Leah Stevens, featuring flute, electronics, & storytelling — and Khūrākī, commissioned by the Office of Public Art and created by Real/Time Interventions with Pittsburgh's Afghan refugee community.
She performs with Ears Engaged, a chamber ensemble bringing interactive experiences of classical music into Pittsburgh's community spaces. In the fall of 2020, Ears Engaged began a virtual residency at a senior home through the Iris Music Project.
In 2019, Theresa created Poems in Practice Rooms, examining race & perfectionism in classical music. Awarded a fellowship from the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, her film version was praised as "profound, sad, uplifting, powerful, and beautiful" (Paul Eiss).
As a teaching artist, Theresa offers workshops on creative expression, most recently through Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestra.
Currently, she keeps a blog series called How's flute going? to share clips of her practicing & reflect on challenges faced by artists today.
2019. With the Philippine-American Performing Arts of Greater Pittsburgh. Photo by Kartinah Dimaculangan.
In 2018, Theresa conducted research in Argentina, presenting her work on música folclórica at the Society of Ethnomusicology. Other awards include Phi Beta Kappa for academic honors. She recently graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a BXA degree in Flute Performance & Global Studies.
A daughter of Filipino immigrants, Theresa is deeply grateful to her parents, to Alberto Almarza, Monique Mead, Jennie Dorris, and many others.
Currently, she balances part-time work — from Carnegie Mellon's Global Communication Center to the counter of a local bakeshop — with performing, writing, & collaborative projects around Pittsburgh and for her community on Patreon.