Featured Articles

INTERVIEW: Visualizing the Symphony, with Hannah Chan-Hartley

by Andrew Bishko, Musical U, August 23, 2017

We invited Hannah to join us here at Musical U to share her thoughts on everything from engaging listeners with visuals and the importance of good graphic design, to the secret of striking the balance between accessible and informative, and what sets her guides apart from the rest.

ARTICLE: The dance between data and art

by Audrée Lapierre, DesignEdge Canada, September 7, 2016

I’ve been reading a lot recently about data finding its way into the arts realm, and while I’m certainly interested in the ways in which artists use data as a raw material, I’m even more interested to see how arts organizations are using information design in ways that speak to their audiences and offer in-roads to the work itself. I saw a great example of this recently, Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s listening guides.

ARTICLE: How to read music when you dont read music: innovative and striking listening guides for classical audiences

by Rosalind Arnell, Classic FM, August 2, 2016

Fancy reading a musical score even when you’re not a trained musician? Want to leave all those clefs, staves and ledger lines at home? The Toronto Symphony is giving their audience new ways to understand and engage with the music with a very different type of concert programme. And we’re big fans.

INTERVIEW: How the Toronto Symphony Orchestra uses graphic design to guide audiences

by Mark Sinclair, Creative Review, May 26, 2016

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s ‘listening guides’ make use of symbols and morse code-like notation to aide the experience of a live performance. We talked to their creator, Hannah Chan-Hartley, about how she is helping the TSO to visualise its repertoire.

Other Articles

Seeing Music

by Fawn Fritzen, December 1, 2017

Music to My Eyes

by Chloe Silver, June 5, 2017

Innovation in access 1: The Visual Listening Guide by Hannah Chan-Hartley

by Stefan Rosu, March 30, 2017

WQXR’s 12 Significant Classical Music Events in 2016

by Michael Rosin, December 12, 2016

Map Quest: Using Listening Maps in Program Books

by Sarah Marczynski, Artshacker, October 7, 2016