On perfectionism & being a woman of color in classical music

Theresa Abalos flutist writer teaching artist

My presentation, "Poems in Practice Rooms," combines flute performance with creative writing to express my journey as a classical musician in college.

In college, I wrestled with the question: How do I build a relationship with my art form in which (1) imperfection doesn't invalidate my commitment to growth, and (2) my cultural identity isn't at odds with the Western tradition I perpetuate with my body?

In being vulnerable about my relationship with music, "Poems in Practice Rooms" invites audiences to reflect on the place of diversity in the arts & their own relationships with creative expression.

Thanks to Monique Mead, I have given this presentation for the Osher Institute of Lifelong Learning and Chamber Music Pittsburgh at Carnegie Music Hall.

If you are interested in hosting a presentation at your school/organization, please contact me at theresa.s.abalos@gmail.com.

 

To build upon this project, I developed a workshop on creative expression & musical storytelling and created a short film version for my senior capstone.
 

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