About Hatched Academy

Ensemble Offspring Hatched Academy

What is Hatched Academy?

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. These opportunities are available to Australian residents only.

The program draws on the skills and expertise of our Artistic Director, Claire Edwardes, our core instrumentalists and guest mentors. It offers an in-road into the exciting and vast world of new music-making by providing participants with the opportunity to gain valuable new skills and insights into areas such as:

  • Compositional and performance techniques
  • Artistic planning and programming
  • Production, funding, marketing and audience engagement

‘Emerging’ is defined here as an artist in the early stages of their career or someone who has yet to be significantly recognised.

The Hatched Academy consists of 3 streams; Associate Artist, Summer School & Open Mic.


2019 Henry Justo (Viola). Read about Henry here.

Young, brunette man playing viola.
Henry Justo

2018 Georgina Oakes (Clarinet). Read about Georgina here.


The Hatched Academy Open mic has taken place in 2018 & 2019 at 107 Projects, Redfern. Read about the successful applicants and the 2018 concert that was presented here.


2019 Participants

The composers accepted to our 2019 Summer School are: Steven Barry, Lisa Cheney, Angus Davison, Lewis Ingham, Thomas Misson and Sarah Thompson. Led by Artistic Director, Claire Edwardes and guest international and national mentors, Yannis Kyriakides (Amsterdam) and Kate Neal (Melbourne)

2018 Participants

In 2018 we worked with Josten Mybugh, Joe O’Connor, Samantha Wolf, Kirsten Milenko, Solomon Frank and Jakob Bragg. Our mentors were Amanda Cole, Catherine Milliken and Matthew Shlomowitz

2017 Participants

In 2017 we worked with Ciaran Frame (composer NSW), Jasmin Leung (composer QLD), Kieran Welch (viola QLD) and Luke Carbon (clarinet VIC). Participants joined the ensemble in concert at Sizzle, BackStage Music and Hatched at The Red Rat. Read more about those events here. Composers worked closely throughout the year with composer/mentor Cathy Milliken and vocalist/mentor Jessica Aszodi.

Watch the video below to meet the 2017 participants

Read about their experiences here

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


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