Hatched Academy 2021

Now in its 8th year, Hatched Academy is Ensemble Offspring’s emerging artist development program, designed to provide practical experience to the next generation of innovative young performers and composers from around Australia. In 2021, the Hatched Academy program will evolve to encompass 3 streams: The Hatched Associate Artist (carried over by Will Hansen) the Hatched Home Academy mentorship program taking place throughout 2021, and our intensive Composer Summer School, taking place in December 2021.

Please note that the Associate Artist position will not be advertised for 2021 due to COVID-19.


Held in Sydney from 13-17 December 2021, this will be a five-day intensive program presented by Ensemble Offspring. Activities include:

  • instrumental workshops
  • one-on-one mentoring and peer sessions
  • group improvisations
  • round table discussions
  • a professionally documented concert

The Hatched Academy Composer Summer School will be open to six successful compositional applicants from around Australia and will be led by Artistic Director, Claire Edwardes and guest mentors. Core members of Ensemble Offspring will be in residence at this week-long intensive.

Successful applicants will be required to submit a draft composition, for the combination of violin, cello, flute, clarinet, and percussion (or a subset thereof) to our Artistic Director, Claire Edwardes by late October 2020 in preparation for their attendance at the Composer Summer School. This can be an existing or a newly composed work and will be workshopped at the event and professionally recorded for portfolio use.

Emerging composers from around Australia are encouraged to apply. All travel costs (flights and accommodation) will be covered by Ensemble Offspring for interstate attendees. No fee will be paid for attendance and living costs will not be provided during the week. There is no age limit, however, composers should be within 8 years of graduating from a music degree at a tertiary institution.

2021 COMPOSER MENTOR: Melody Eötvös

Melody Eötvös (1984) was born in the Southern Highlands, NSW, Australia. Her work draws on both multi-media and traditional instrumental contexts, as well substantial extra-musical references to a broad range of philosophical, biological, and ancient topics as well as a sustained interest in late 19th-century life and literature.  Commissions in 2020 include The Philadelphia Orchestra (USA), The Australian Chamber Orchestra, and the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra (USA). Melody is a Lecturer in Composition and Aural Studies at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.  Melody holds a Doctor of Music (2014) from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music USA, and a Master of Music (2008) from the Royal Academy of Music, London UK.


  • Applications for Composer Summer School are open to Australian residents over 18.
  • Applications open Friday 4th September 2020
  • Applications close midnight Monday 12 October 2020
  • Successful Hatched Academy applicants will be notified by 26 October 2020
  • Applications are reviewed by Artistic Director Claire Edwardes and the Ensemble Offspring team.
  • Participants will be chosen based on suitability to individual programs.


We want to support young performers and composers who might be feeling a little bit frustrated with the current state of affairs and offer up our musicians as mentors. They will be offering career advice sessions, instrumental lessons, composition lessons, instrumental part try-outs, mini one-on-one composition workshops, industry advice or whatever you need – so get your questions ready and ask away! Participants over 18 from around Australia are encouraged to apply. If you are based in Sydney there will be the option of meeting up with your mentor in person but the majority of meetings will occur online via Zoom. 

Positions will be offered to budding young artists from around the country. You will have the choice of the following mentors who are our core instrumentalists first and foremost but have a huge amount of general industry expertise to impart: Claire Edwardes (artistic director/percussion), Veronique Serret (violin), Blair Harris (cello), Jason Noble (clarinet), Zubin Kanga (piano), Lamorna Nightingale (flute), Roland Peelman (conductor/artistic director).

Don’t miss this opportunity to pick our brains and ask all those questions you have been burning to ask for years!

One-on-one mentor sessions to occur throughout 2021. Applications open early 2021.

You can find information on Hatched Academy and previous participants here.

For all enquires or requests for more information, please contact admin@ensembleoffspring.com


The Hatched Academy is supported by the APRA AMCOS Music Grants Program, Rode Microphones and donors to our Noisy Egg Creation Fund.