As a researcher, Kay is motivated by her on-going curiosity about the voice. She explores how the sense of capability with one’s voice impacts the growth of self-awareness and self-esteem, and can enlarge one’s sense of identity and personal mastery. Kay has presented her work at several national and international conferences. Her article Women Sing, Women Lead: The Transformation of Identity and Emergence of Leadership in Women Through Voice reports on her research in this area and is featured in Issue #5 of the on-line journal Gender, Education, Music & Society.
As part of the AIRS (Advancing Interdisciplinary Research in Singing) initiative, Kay is also working on a joint research project to gauge how participation in singing may contribute to the health and sense of well-being of men and women who started voice lessons at age 40 or older. In addition, she is exploring the topic of loss of voice. Specifically, Kay is looking at how losing one’s voice involuntarily - either to a disorder, such as spasmodic dysphonia, or because of an emotional trauma - may impact one’s identity, sense of self, and sense of place in the world.
As a writer, Kay has been a regular contributor to Classical Singer magazine. Her many published articles cover a variety of subjects about voice and identity, development of voice, and various aspects of singing.