Photo credit: Acadia Mezzofanti

Photo credit: Acadia Mezzofanti

Sacha Peiser is a soprano, voice/piano educator, arts administrator, and music theorist based in San Diego, California. After earning a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from Loyola University New Orleans, Peiser pursued a master’s in music theory from Louisiana State University. Upon completion of a doctoral voice minor from Louisiana State, she began her doctoral studies in music theory/musicology from the University of Connecticut, where her dissertation, “Telling Tales: Narrative and Anti-Narrative Strategies in British Chamber Music, 1900-1930” was successfully defended in 2017.

Peiser has taught lessons in piano and voice to students of all ages, across all types of repertoire, for the past decade. In the theory classroom, her enthusiasm and passion for musical analysis shines through. Her aim is to make a subject that is often perceived as unapproachable as relatable, compelling, and relevant to students’ musical lives as possible. Performance and analysis is a major research interest of Sacha’s, and giving students the opportunity to analyze pieces on which they are currently working can show them how relevant analysis is to their lives as a performer. Peiser has taught core curriculum theory classes and graduate classes during her time at both Louisiana State University and University of Connecticut, and currently teaches at Southwestern College in Chula Vista, CA.

Serving as Artistic Program Coordinator for Music Academy of the West in 2018 and the Music Office Director for the Bowdoin International Music Festival in Brusnwick, Maine from 2011-2017 has contributed to Sacha’s penchant for chamber music and collaboration, and has given her the opportunity to work with emerging composers. Prior to her tenure at these incredible music festivals, she enjoyed being backstage in another capacity, working as a stage manager with New Orleans Opera Association and Natchez Opera Festival. Her passion for diversity on the stage and in the classroom is bolstered by her work with the Women Composers Festival of Hartford. Peiser served as both an advisory board member and President and CEO, and has performed, spoken on panels, and presented research at the Festival. She continues this line of work as the Director of Public Relations for San Diego New Music and Education and Outreach Program Coordinator for SACRA/PROFANA, a professional choir based in San Diego.

Having one foot in the world of performance and the other in analysis simultaneously leads to constant crossover of Sacha’s main musical interests. As a performer, she looks to the interaction of text and music to create a whole greater than the sum of its parts, often seeking out subtle nuances and deeper meaning to bring out in performance. As a theorist and educator, she is driven by a narrative and dramatic impulse, with historical context and performer’s instincts often serving as a starting point.