Hatched Academy

Ensemble Offspring Hatched Academy

What is Hatched?

Hatched is an intensive music program designed to provide practical experience to the next generation of innovative young Australian performers and composers. We will help equip you with the diverse skill sets you need to go on to become successful artistic and cultural leaders of the future.

The skills focused on include but are not limited to:

  • Proficiency in compositional and performance techniques
  • Project development
  • Marketing
  • Programming
  • Grant writing
  • Audience engagement

The program offers a practical in-road into the world of new music making by providing you with a view across the organisation. Gain valuable insights into our general artistic planning, fundraising and evaluating artistic output through our Creative Committee.

The Hatched Academy draws on the skills and expertise of Ensemble Offspring’s Artistic Director, Claire Edwardes, our core instrumentalists, our 2017 special guest international composer, Cathy Milliken, and soprano Jessica Aszodi. Successful applicants will each receive sound equipment to the value of $1000 from RODE Microphones.

In 2017 for the very first time we’re opening up the Hatched Academy session in Sydney in September to extra participants (especially vocalists).

EOIs are now open for HATCHED VOICES

HATCHED VOICES, with special guest mentor Jessica Aszodi, is an extension of Ensemble Offspring’s 2017 HATCHED ACADEMY – our emerging artist development program.

Ensemble Offspring welcomes EOIs from vocalists and curious musicians interested in voice, to participate in two short workshops with Jessica Aszodi as part of our September Hatched Academy sessions at the Red Rattler Theatre, Marrickville. MORE INFO

How does it work?

The four successful applicants (two composers and two performers) will travel to Sydney twice throughout 2017 to participate in the Hatched Academy. The Academy will feature two separate week-long sessions in Sydney — the first culminating in Sizzle (20-23 April 2017) and the second based around our Carriageworks concert Who Dreamed It? with a session in Sydney from 25-29 September 2017.
Further to the group career development sessions:

The composers will work with Berlin-based Australian composer and guest mentor, Cathy Milliken, and will be given the opportunity to workshop and have a new work performed during our 2018 season.

The performers will work with US-based Australian vocalist and guest mentor, Jessica Aszodi, and will have the opportunity to perform alongside the members of the ensemble as part of Sizzle.

Performances are professionally recorded and participants receive the right to use the recordings of their compositions/performances for their own archival and promotional purposes.

Hear from 2016 participants about their reasons for applying to Hatched here.

How do you apply?

Apart from the usual admin questions, you just need to answer three key questions for your application.

1. Tell us why? Explain your career ambitions and how this program will assist you, as well as some details about your interest in Ensemble Offspring.

2. Put your best foot forward! Direct us to a URL of your best work (ie. Soundcloud, Vimeo, Youtube). No more than 20 minutes worth of material across more than one work.

3. Tell us about you! List your age and provide a biography outlining your achievements to date.

More details and word limits available in the online form.

Closing date

Applications for 2017 Hatched closed at midnight, Friday 11th November 2016. All applicants will be advised of the outcome by the 19th December 2016.

EOIs are now open for HATCHED VOICES.

The fine print 😮

· Submissions: All applications must be received electronically (hard-copy applications will not be accepted).

· Age limit: Applicants must be 30 years or under at the 31st Dec 2016.

· Australian artists: Applicants must be Australian residents.

· Assessment: Applications will be assessed by Ensemble Offspring’s Artistic Director, Claire Edwardes. The assessor may seek additional feedback from other experts in the field. The assessor’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

· Notification: All applicants will be advised of the outcome by the 19th December 2016.

· Travel: Successful interstate participants will be entitled to a travel allowance during the workshop and performance periods and return transport to Sydney up to 2 times. No travel expenses or per diems will be paid to successful Sydney-based participants, and no performance fee or accommodation expenses are payable to any participant.

· Enquiries:


The Hatched Academy is supported by the APRA AMCOS Music Grants Program and RØDE Microphones.


2017 Participants

In 2017 we’re pleased to be working with the following talented emerging artists: Jasmin Leung (QLD composer), Ciaran Frame (NSW composer), Luke Carbon (VIC clarinet + sax) and Kieran Welch (QLD viola). Welcome to the Hatched Academy!

2016 Participants

Our Hatched Academy participants for 2016 were Mary Rapp (cellist NSW), Julia Reidy (composer/guitarist NSW), James Bradbury (composer WA) and David Moran (cellist SA). In November we held a week long intensive creative development and rehearsal session at the beautiful Bundanon Estate in Riversdale, in preparation for our new music micro-festival, Kontiki Racket.

2015 Participants

Thanks to the support of APRA and the Australia Council, in 2015 we were able to award four talented applicants a place in our Hatched Academy. This year our Academy represent a broad and national line-up of musicians. The composers are Dan Thorpe from Adelaide and Samuel Smith from Melbourne, with performers represented by American-born flautist Jodie Rottle, now a resident of Brisbane and Melbourne-based pianist Jacob Abela (piano) who originally hails from Sydney.

Meet the 2015 Hatched Academy here.

2014 Participants

Melbourne based trumpeter Callum G’Froerer and composer-saxophonist Jeremy Rose participated in our inaugural 2014 Hatched Academy. Concert details here.

See behind the scenes of the 2014 Hatched Academy, including a video interview with Jeremy and Callum here.

What they said:
“The EO Hatched program offered a unique insider’s perspective into the artistic vision, pragmatic operation and everyday running of one of the country’s most active and innovative contemporary music ensembles. Ensemble Offspring invited me to participate in everything from their rehearsals for upcoming shows, artistic planning meetings, grant writing sessions, sound checks and even their social gatherings. It felt as though I was a real member of the ensemble for a year.”

Jeremy Rose, Hatched Academy Composer 2014

“Being part of Hatched in 2014 was very timely in my career, as it was an opportunity to connect with an interstate ensemble for the first time, engage Sydney audiences, and meet some inspiring arts administrators…I was a fly-on-the-wall for rehearsals, discussions, and meetings that involved the entire Offspring crew. It was extremely insightful to see every stage of a project in its raw form, the preparation required to see a project go from a dream to reality, and simply how to manage a first class ensemble.”

Callum G’Froerer, Hatched Academy Performer (trumpet) 2014