Kasha Alekseeva is a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, a non-profit educational organization that studies and recreates the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
Kasha is a musician and poet. Along with Aaron Drummond and Jadwiga Krzyzanowska, she is a member of Psallite, for whom she has written singable translations for over 200 medieval and Renaissance songs. Her translations are intended for general Society use and are shared publicly online.
Her relevant education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Music (Composition) and a Master of Arts in Music (Vocal Performance) from Truman State University, as well as additional coursework in ethnomusicology, anthropology, and linguistics at Truman State University and the University of Michigan. She has experience translating, transcribing, and performing in multiple languages, including Russian, Japanese, Spanish, French, German, and Italian.
In the Society, she has served as Minister of Arts & Sciences and Arts & Sciences Champion in her local branch groups; directed large and small choirs; composed, translated, and arranged musical pieces by request; and performed multiple times as a soloist, choir member, and part of a small ensemble. Pieces performed at Society events include motets and troubadour songs of her own composition, early 17th-century monody and opera, cantigas, dance music, trobar, florid organum, and other genres. She has taught classes on music theory, vocal technique, monody and early opera, the Notre Dame School, rhythmic modes, active listening, sightsinging, formes fixes, and other music history topics.
Kasha’s other medieval interests include philosophy, general literature, and Japanese history and literature, in particular the sekai of Minamoto no Yoshitsune.