The popular and accomplished Miah Im – Music Director at Houston Grand Opera Studio, Professor of Opera and at Rice University and former Head of Music Staff at Los Angeles Opera – has died of cancer in her 40s.
Canadian born, she won the Marilyn Horne award for vocal accompanying and went on to become one of the most empathetic trainers and judges of operatic voices. She moved to Houston only 18 months ago.
Alissa Albertson writes: ‘My heart is broken into a million pieces. Miah Im profoundly impacted my life, not just as a musician but as a friend. She was a champion, a muse, an artist of the highest caliber, a defender, a fighter, a style icon, an inspiration, a generous soul, a liver of life, a teacher, a giver, a quiet grace, and a beautiful wild storm.
‘She always knew when you walked into her studio whether you really needed to sing or if you needed a hug and a friend. She inspired you to make the bold choice of believing in yourself.
‘The legacy you leave behind will continue to thrive in all of us who loved you and were lucky to have been loved by you. I promise we will keep your energy alive through inspired music making and bold love. You will always be a force and an inspiration. I love you forever, my wonderful giggly friend.’