Samantha Chiu-Yang Chang

PhD Candidate


Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

  • Music and visual culture
  • Intersensoriality and synaesthesia
  • Performativity and theatricality
  • Temporality and materiality
  • Artistic identity

Working Dissertation


Listening to Painting, Seeing Music: Intersensorial and Synaesthetic Approaches to Music and Visual Culture in the Early Modern Period


Philip Sohm


Samantha Chang is a PhD Candidate from the Department of Art History at the University of Toronto, where she holds a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) Doctoral Award, a Faculty of Arts & Science Top (FAST) Doctoral Fellowship, and a Mary H. Beatty Fellowship. A professional flutist and conductor, Samantha graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, and she is a fellow of the Trinity College London and the London College of Music. Samantha’s research explores the conceptual relationships between visual arts and music in the early modern period, specifically artistic identity, temporality, synaesthesia, and performativity. Her current research project examines the representation of music in the painter’s studio.

Samantha is a Faculty Liaison, Pedagogical Support, Teaching & Learning at the Faculty of Arts & Science, University of Toronto. She was the Humanities and Teaching Dossier Coordinator at the Teaching Assistants' Training Program, Centre for Teaching Support and Innovation and the Online Learning Consultant in the Department of Art History. In 2021, Samantha received the Course Instructor Teaching Excellence Award from the Teaching Assistants' Training Program, Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation, University of Toronto.

Current Research

  • Music in the painter’s studio

Selected Publications

  • “Music and the Status of the Visual Artist: Italy and the Netherlands,” In Routledge Encyclopedia of Renaissance World (RERW), edited by Mónica Dominguez Torres. Oxfordshire: Routledge, forthcoming.
  • “The Self-Aware Gesture: Music-Making inside the Painter’s Studio,” In Music and Visual Culture in Renaissance Italy, edited by Tim Shephard, Sanna Raninen, and Chriscinda Henry. Forthcoming.
  • "Tuning and Listening to Paintings in the Seventeenth Century." In Hearing and Auditory Perception, edited by Ann Buckley, Edward Coleman, Carrie Griffin, and Emer Purcell. Vol. 2 of The History of the Senses in Medieval and Renaissance Europe. Turnhout: Brepols, forthcoming.
  • Music, Gender and the Erotic in Italian Visual Culture (Early Music Special Issue). Co-edited with Tim Shephard. London: Oxford University Press, forthcoming.
  • Reithmeier, Reinhart, Liam O’Leary, Xiaoyue Zhu, Corey Dales, Abokor Abdulkarim, Anum Aquil, Lochin Broulliard, Samantha Chang, Wenyangzi Shi, Nancy Vu, and Chang Zou. “The 10,000 PhDs Project at the University of Toronto: Using Employment Outcome Data to Transform Graduate Education.” PLoS One 14.1 (2019): e0209898.

Recent Awards

  • 2021 Course Instructor Teaching Excellence Award, University of Toronto
  • 2020–21 Ontario Graduate Scholarship
  • 2020 Faculty of Arts & Science Doctoral Excellence Scholarship, University of Toronto
  • 2018 University of Toronto Alumni Association (UTAA) Graduate Scholar and Sedra Award Finalist
  • 2017 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Connection Grant
  • 2017 Pekka K. Sinervo Scholarship, University of Toronto
  • 2016–20 Faculty of Arts & Science Top (FAST) Doctoral Fellowship, University of Toronto
  • 2016–20 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Doctoral Fellowship (declined)
  • 2016–19 Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) Doctoral Award
  • 2016–18 Robson Graduate Research Fellowship, Centre for Renaissance and Reformation Studies
  • 2016 Mary H. Beatty Fellowship, University of Toronto (declined)


MA, University of Toronto
FTCL, Trinity College London
FLCM, London College of Music
LRAM, Royal Academy of Music
PGDip, Royal Academy of Music
BA (Hons), University of Toronto