What famous American invented the songwriting profession? What is a “parlor song”? How big was Tin Pan Alley at its peak? In this fun and informative presentation, Cecelia Otto answers these and many other questions as she relates the history of American popular music from just after the nation’s founding to the early 20th century. In the process, she uncovers the many roles music has played in American life: far more than just a way to pass the time, popular songs were a venue for debating the issues of the day, and the changing ways in which Americans performed and sang for each other reflected larger changes in society as a whole.
Part educational talk, part concert performance, The History of Early American Song displays Cece’s considerable experience as both a singer and historical researcher, and is sure to have you looking at — and listening to — America’s story in captivating new ways.
Cece can perform The History of Early American Song in either a live or virtual setting, and she can even tailor the content to suit your group or organization’s interests. Reach out via the Contact page and book your performance today!