Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Music alum celebrates her six-month singing travelogue

In April 2013 alumna Cecelia “Cece” Otto (music,'95) hit the road with her “American Songline” project. The “singing travelogue” celebrated the 100th anniversary for the Lincoln Highway, America’s first cross-country road. 


Cece spent six months traveling through 14 states, from New York to California, singing a mix of opera, operetta and vaudeville songs along the way. 
The name and concept of the project was inspired by Aboriginal traditions of following ancestral trails during Walkabouts. As Cece said, “I wanted to bring that tradition here to America — to create an American Songline, something that would reach back to our own ancestors and reflect how they once lived and how they entertained each other.” 
She is now reporting her 2013 American Songline tour was a historic success: “I have released a CD and book that chronicles my six-month singing travelogue across the country, and I mention MCAE (Minnesota Center for Arts Education, Perpich’s name until 1995) in the prologue of my book."
People can buy both physical and electronic copies of the book and CD here.
She is also available for both singing and speaking engagements about her historic tour as well as other topics like vaudeville and crowd-funding. You can email Cece for more information.  

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