"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. Through explorations of culture & belonging, she creates experiences of sound & language that inspire people to listen more deeply.
Recent performances include Khūrākī (2019-2020), commissioned by the Office of Public Art and created by Real/Time Interventions with Pittsburgh's Afghan refugee community. Theresa is also a musician of Ears Engaged, a chamber ensemble that brings interactive experiences of classical music into Pittsburgh's community spaces.
In 2019, Theresa created a performance called Poems in Practice Rooms, her journey as a classical flutist of color. Awarded a fellowship from the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, her film version (2020) was praised as "profound, sad, uplifting, powerful, and beautiful" (Paul Eiss, anthropologist & professor at Carnegie Mellon University).
As a teaching artist, Theresa offers workshops on creative expression & musical storytelling. In 2020, she began a series of blog entries, Behind the scenes, to share clips of her practicing & reflect on the challenges faced by artists today.
In 2018, Theresa received the Jennings Family Brave Companion Award to conduct research in Argentina. She presented her work, on música folclórica & belonging, at the Society of Ethnomusicology & was featured on CMU News. Other awards include Phi Beta Kappa for academic honors. In May 2020, she graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a BXA degree in Flute Performance & Global Studies, with a Hispanic Studies minor.
A daughter of Filipino immigrants, Theresa is deeply grateful to her parents, to Alberto Almarza, Monique Mead, Jennie Dorris, and many others.