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Siena Vaccara

Majors: Psychology and Gender Studies
Minor: Studio Composition

Senior Siena Vaccara has a lifelong love of music. The Brooklyn, NY native has been studying piano since she was six years old. Before beginning college, however, she decided to explore other interests, in particular her interest in human behavior. She chose to study Psychology.

She completed the Practicum at the Children’s Center on campus and completed the coursework and hands-on learning to earn a Certificate in Early Childhood Development.

Vaccara also served as a learning assistant for two classes. “Through this program I have been able to explore various aspects of developmental, cognitive, clinical and research psychology.”

She declared a second major when a psychology professor noticed her interest in Gender Studies.

Always a Musician

Not wanting to stop growing as a musician while she immersed herself in the sciences, she auditioned for the Conservatory of Music and declared a minor in Studio Composition.

“I not only grew as a musician, but as a recording artist and performer,” she says. “I collaborated with Studio Production majors, increased my performance confidence, and now I am leaving Purchase with a conservatory education, two singles, and an EP on all streaming platforms.” 

What’s Next

After graduation, Vaccara plans to attend Teachers College at Columbia University for their Ed.M program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a focus on Sexuality, Women and Gender. 

The internships in special education and music therapy have confirmed she’s prepared to work in these environments. “I wish to aide persons with disabilities and I feel that my educational background will allow me to use music as a tool and work with individuals who belong to all demographics.”

Why Purchase?

“I chose Purchase in the first place because I wanted to study Studio Composition and I knew that it was one of the only universities that allowed its students to combine their art with social science studies. I did not want to be limited to a single discipline and I knew that undergrad is for exploration. I also knew that I could pay in state tuition and most importantly, I knew that the student population was LGBTQ friendly.”

Siena Vaccara