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 questions: How do I build a relationship with my art form in which imperfection doesn't invalidate my commitment to growth? How do I reconcile my fragmented cultural identity with the Western tradition I perpetuate with my body?


"profound, sad, uplifting, powerful, & beautiful" ~ Paul Eiss, anthropologist & professor at Carnegie Mellon University

In being vulnerable about my relationship with music, "Poems in Practice Rooms" invites audiences to reflect on diversity in the arts and 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.

Through a grant from the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, I created a short-film version for my senior capstone

May 2020. A scene from my short-film version of "Poems in Practice Rooms."


"an insightful presentation that reflected her courage,

artistry, & grace."​ ~ Monique Mead, violinist

"Poems in Practice Rooms" unpacks themes of race, post-colonialism, perfectionism, & what it means to be a performer and musician. If you are interested in hosting a performance at your school/organization, please contact me at theresa.s.abalos@gmail.com.


Based on this project, I developed & taught an online workshop on creative expression as a guest artist in the Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestra's masterclass series.

"It helped me realize the connection between music & stories"

~ workshop participant at Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestra


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