MeeAe Cecilia Nam

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Professor of Voice


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Soprano MeeAe Cecilia Nam has extensive performance experience as soloist in operas, oratorio, sacred music, art songs, chamber music concerts and recitals in the United States, Germany, Austria and her native South Korea. Her artistry encompasses a wide range of vocal repertoire that includes composers as diverse as J. S. Bach, or the avant-gardist Gyorgy Kúrtag.

Her superb musicianship and keen understanding of the music of contemporary composers brought her many opportunities to collaborate with such composers as George Crumb, Josef Dorfman, Wolfgang Stockmeier, David Mullikin and David Kirtley. The MTNA invited Dr. Nam, together with the Ariel Trio, for their National Convention to sing "Voice of the River Han (2001)" written for her by David Mullikin.

She has appeared as guest artist with numerous ensembles including the Colorado Symphony, Boulder Philharmonic, Boulder Bach Festival, Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, Denver Philharmonic Orchestra, Evergreen Chamber Orchestra, the Jefferson Symphony, the Ariel Trio, the DaVinci String Quartet, the Denver Young Artists Orchestra, Fort Collins Symphony and Colorado Chamber Players, Augustana Chamber Orchestra, Colorado Ballet and Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra.

Among others, her favorite opera roles she has performed include "Pamina" in The Magic Flute and "Clori" in L'Egisto, "Despina" in Cosi fan tutte, "Susanna" in Le Nozze di Figaro and recently, when she sang the US premier of a one-act opera Songs of Shulamith for soprano and percussion directed by Josef Dorfman, the composer himself.

Dr. Nam earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in vocal performance and pedagogy from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Dr. Nam joined the faculty of the School of Music and Dance at Eastern Michigan University in 2009 as assistant professor of voice. She previously taught voice at Metropolitan State College of Denver where she served as chair of the vocal studies program for five years and also founded and directed the annual "Vocal Arts Competition for Young Colorado Musicians".

As lecturer and vocal clinician Dr. Nam frequently travels throughout the United States and South Korea to give vocal workshops at conferences and universities. Repeatedly, she was a guest recitalist and lecturer for the Colorado State Music Teacher's Association and also gave a lecture recital at the MTNA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. Her students have been active in national and international competitions and music festivals. This year Dr. Nam appeared as advisor and guest artist clinician in the first annual "Seoul International Opera Festival," where three of her students performed lead roles in Mozart's The Magic Flute.

With her husband, Dr. Horst Buchholz, organist and conductor, she has given numerous recitals for organ and voice in Germany and Austria including performances during the Salzburg International Summer Music Festival. Her excellent understanding of works by Mozart led her to perform many soprano solos in Mozart's sacred works, as well as "Requiem" and "Exultate, jubilate" with the Mozarteum Orchestra in the 250th anniversary year of Mozart's birth during Salzburg Festival. This year she will appear as guest artist in Bach's "Wedding Cantata" with the Boulder Bach Festival and in Monteverdi's "Love Songs" with the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado.

  • "Soprano Mee-Ae Nam has a voice of surprising power for so petite a frame, accurate in intonation, well-supported in delivery and with sly bits of interpretation thrown in." (Glenn Giffin, The Denver Post)
  • "A clear, well-supported voice that moves easily in its registers. ... extra care in projecting words, Fauré's "Les Roses d'Ispahan" her projection was that of fantasy to match the text's evocations of poetic grandeur." (Glenn Giffin, The Denver Post)
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  • DMA, Vocal Performance and Pedagogy, University of Colorado at Boulder


  • Applied voice
  • Vocal pedagogy