Cece Otto was born in small-town Minnesota, and grew up in a house filled with music. Her first public performance came when she was eight years old and sang “Maybe” from the musical Annie, and by the time she was twelve, Cece’s mind was made up: she was going to be a singer.
Song was everywhere in our house. I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t singing.”
— Cece Otto
Cece studied music throughout her academic career, beginning with high school at the Perpich Center for Arts Education, followed by a dual bachelor degree program (in music and linguistics) at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, and then a unique dual Master’s Degree in voice and composition from the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver.
Cece spent a year studying the Irish language and Irish traditional music in Ireland, and has performed solo and in ensemble through the United States and around the world. She created An American Songline in 2013, and set out on a pioneering musical journey along America’s first transcontinental road. She published a book and album based on her travels in 2015. Today, she proudly pursues her calling as America’s 21st-Century Vaudeville Singer.