Sasha Kaye is a first year doctoral student in the faculty of Performance Science, and a current RCM Award holder for the 2018/2019 academic year. Her research explores the impact of Music Performance Anxiety and personal and professional wellbeing in musicians with anxiety-spectrum disorders.
Sasha was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada. She attended the University of British Columbia from 2011 – 2016, and holds a BMus with a double major in classical voice performance and psychology. Upon graduation, she pursued music and psychology separately through solo and ensemble performance with Phoenix Chamber Choir and the Postmodern Camerata, and volunteer research with the UBC Sexual Health Laboratory.
Sasha’s frustration at the distinct separation between musical performance and scientific enquiry led her to the Centre for Performance Science. She enroled in the Royal College of Music’s Master of Performance Science programme in 2017; her thesis explored the experiences of musicians with moderate-to-severe performance anxiety in simulated performance environments. She was awarded an MSc in Performance Science with distinction in September 2018. Sasha is thrilled to be a part of the doctoral cohort at RCM and looks forward offering contributions to an innovative sphere of knowledge.
Faculties / departments: Research