We had the privilege to present our design at the SIGCHI 2014 student design competition in Toronto, Canada.

Maestro is designed to help novice conductors learn about and reflect upon their hand gestures, body motions, facial expressions, and eye-gazing directions to achieve mastery of conducting more effectively. A conductor's fundamental goal is to bring a written score to life. Our design provides a space for conductors to practice and review with a responsive, virtual orchestra.

Semi-finalist at the SIG CHI 2014 Student Design Competition.


Team Members:

Katya Ivanova

Lulu Wang

Jason Fu

Jeffrey Gadzala


Duration : 5 months

My roles :

  • Co-edited promo video
  • Co-authored extended abstract published here
  • Co-developed prototype
  • Interviewed novice and professional conductors
  • Facilitated meetings
  • Brain-stormed and sketched concepts


    Problem Framing


    Organizing a live orchestra on demand is expensive and unrealistic for most novice conductors.
    Solo practice does not optimally recreate a rehearsal experience that is necessary for self-reflection.


    Visual aids help conductors allocate their attention to different sections of an orchestra.
    Conductors want to see themselves from different angles.
    Conductors want to be in control of the music.

    Methods used to generate dilemma and insights


    Concept Generation

    Design Evaluation

    Low Fidelity Prototype test

    During the development of our low fidelity prototype we tested our system on four student conductors. Following the testing we dropped some features that might be distracting like real time visual cues and auto-correction system through the design evaluation.

    Wizard of Oz testing

    We conducted a Wizard-of-Oz test with our mid-level fidelity prototype with one conductor. Using the projectors and touch screen tablet provided to us by the Advanced Visualization Lab we were able to provide the conductor a more realistic setting of MAESTRO.



    The Final System Overview









    Extended ACM Abstract (pdf). Also can be accessed here.

    Supplementary Materials (pdf)

    Poster (pdf)


    Additional Projects