Marisa Buchheit

Marisa Buchheit is an operatic soprano, guitarist and singer-songwriter from Chicago. She sings in 10 languages, including those of her own Thai-Chinese and German heritage. Touted for her “bell-clear coloratura” (WTTW/PBS Chicago), she has performed to critical acclaim on stages around the world. Recent role debuts include Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute with Southern Illinois Music Festival and Princess Laya in Die Blume von Hawaii with Folks Operetta. She has performed with Wichita Grand Opera, Peoria Symphony, Elgin Symphony, American Chamber Opera, Tuscia Opera Festival in Italy, Ravinia Festival, and the Chicago Soloists Orchestra, and will return to perform with Peoria Symphony in 2020. As a guitarist and songwriter, Marisa released a demo album of original folk songs in 2012 called “Mari Therese: All Yours”. She was the winner of the Potbelly’s Singer-Songwriter competition in 2010.

Marisa earned her degrees in vocal performance from Cleveland Institute of Music (BM with Academic Honors) and DePaul University (MM with Distinction). She is a founding member of the Très Belle soprano trio, and enjoys performing regularly with her group around the Chicagoland area. In addition to performing, Marisa is a music teacher and Music Director at Concordia Lutheran Church. She is also a former Miss Illinois and Miss Chicago, and had the honor of representing her home state at Miss America 2015.

Marisa has been teaching music since 2012 at schools such as Merit School of Music, House of Music, and Josephinum Academy. Marisa’s teaching philosophy stems from her work with great teachers throughout her training as well as from a pedagogical place. She strongly believes that musical instruction must be tailored to each individual student, and that growth is dependent upon a good working relationship between teacher and student. A student must find their own creativity, joy, and drive to succeed in their musical journey, and the teacher’s job is to inspire the student so that they can ultimately be self-sufficient. Marisa is happy to join ACM and inspire the next generation of musicians!