Thea Mesirow is an NYC-based cellist with a diverse musical background and an artistic sensibility. A strong advocate for new music she is a member of The Nouveau Classical Project, a founding member of CMA and the Ditson Fund grant recipients Quartet121, and one-half of Berrow Duo. Hailed as “hypnotic” and “engaging” by Cleveland Classical, Berrow Duo has been presented by Montreal Contemporary Music Lab, the Cleveland Uncommon Sound Project, the 2018 NYU Music Conference, the SENSE Concert Series, and the Mise-En Place Curator Series. As a soloist and collaborator she has worked with composers such as Antoine Beuger, Reiko Füting, Michael Pisaro, and Sofia Gubaidulina and regularly performs at venues throughout New York City including Roulette, Lincoln Center Atrium, and National Sawdust. Her 2019/2020 season included the Actualizing Communities project, performed in London, Amsterdam, Berlin, and Dusseldorf. Created in collaboration with composer and performer Aaron Foster Breilyn, the Actualizing Communities project is an attempt to demonstrate the effect that community, audience, and space have on the performance of contemporary music.
A musician who began her training in a public school music program, Thea has a passion for teaching and working with programs that give back to the community. Thea co-created an after school arts program at Elysian Heights Elementary in Echo Park, California which gives children the opportunity to learn about the arts for free in a familiar environment. Along with teaching private students, Thea has worked as a cello teacher, music theory teacher, and chamber music coach for organizations such as the Harmony Program, the Santa Clarita Valley Youth Orchestra, the Asia America Youth Symphony, the Community Arts Partnership, and currently teaches with the Washington Heights Community Conservatory.
Thea received a BFA from California Institute of the Arts where she studied with Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick. She completed her master's at the Manhattan School of Music in May of 2017 where she studied with Fred Sherry.