Kaitlyn Hova


What if you could hear color or taste sound? 


Kaitlyn Hova is a professional violinist, composer, full stack web developer, designer, neuroscientist, and core team member of Women Who Code. She is also a synesthete–someone with the ability to see sounds, due to a neurological phenomenon in which the stimulation of one sense triggers an instantaneous, involuntary experience in another. Together with her husband, Matt, Kaitlyn co-founded the Synesthesia Network, a resource dedicated to helping people with synesthesia share their experiences and connect with researchers. Professionally, Kaitlyn has played violin for performances with Michael Bublé, Trans Siberian Orchestra, Mannheim Steamroller, Mary J. Blige, Josh Groban, Rod Stewart and more. “The Hovas" are also the creators of the Hovalin, an open source, 3D printable acoustic violin that helps STEM programs print their school’s music program.


Hovalin 3D printed violin V2.0 Announcement
Hova K. 2016. 

What's It Like to Hear Colors? - A VR 360 Synesthesia Experience
Hova K, De La Vega M, Pousman B, Poor W. DNews. 2015.

Kaitlyn Hova's Carol of the Bass
Hova K. 2014. 

An epic solution for saving our quickly disappearing school music programs.
Corcione D. Upworthy. 2015.

The Hovalin is a 3D Printed Violin that Blends STEM and Music Education 
Makezine. 2015. 

Hearing Colors: What It's Like To Have Synesthesia
Dominguez T. Seeker. 2015. 

Musician who can see sound, husband create machine that will allow us to see it, too
Hansen M. Omaha.com. 2014.

Force of Nature: Kaitlyn Hova's Story of Music and Moxie, Sense and Synesthesia
Wengert S. OmahaMagazine.com. 2013.

Kaitlyn Hova: Press Resource

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