Theresa J. May is a native of Shaker Heights, Ohio. She holds a Master degree in trumpet performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Dayton. Theresa is adjunct faculty at Cuyahoga Community College where she teaches Applied Trumpet and World Music. She is also adjunct faculty at John Carroll University, where she
teaches World Music. Theresa is a teaching artist with the Roots of American Music organization in Cleveland, Ohio and is a co-founder of the Chromatic Brass Collective, an organization for brass musicians that celebrates, performs, mentors, and educates to increase the visibility of racially and ethnically underrepresented women and gender non-conforming people throughout the brass world.
As a private lesson instructor, Theresa maintains several studios in and around the city of Cleveland and is a member of Black Classical Musical Educators (BCME). Theresa performs regularly with Gabriel’s Horns, Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, and Mourning [A] BLKstar. She continues to perform in the Colour of Music Festival, a Classical music festival featuring musicians of color, and has also been featured as a guest artist in the Alumni Recital Series at the University of Dayton.