Thea Mesirow is a cellist with a diverse musical background and an artistic sensibility. Motivated by a passion for connecting with people through sound, she performs contemporary and classical music, as well as rock, pop, musical theatre, and recording for film. As both a soloist and collaborator Thea has been fortunate enough to work with composers such as Michael Pisaro, Evan Ziporyn, Christopher Adler, Reiko Füting, Annie Gosfield, and Sofia Gubaidulina, among others. A member of Quartet121, The Nouveau Classical Project, Artists by Any Other Name, and one-half of Berrow Duo, she is a strong advocate for women in music. In their debut season her duo, Berrow Duo, alongside flutist Leia Slosberg, had their international debut in Montreal, a weekly pick by I Care if You Listen, was presented by Metropolis Ensemble, and performed as part of NYU’s Music Department Conference. She is the principal cellist for the ADCA Symphony Orchestra and regularly performs with groups such as Opus 87, Basel Schule Ensemble, Curiosity Cabinet, Uptown Philharmonic, Orchestre Surreal, and Vinny Golia’s Large Ensemble, and at venues throughout LA and New York including the Hollywood Bowl, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Redcat, Roulette, Lincoln Center Atrium, and National Sawdust.
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 Project, 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 Masters at the Manhattan School of Music in May of 2017 where she studied with Fred Sherry.